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Science New Zealand

Welcome to Science New Zealand. It represents the seven Crown Research Institutes: the power of 3,600 people advancing ideas and delivering results for New Zealand through excellent science and technology.

Last year, government, business, sectors and communities invested $636 million with the Crown Research Institutes.

From environment to trade, agriculture to manufacturing, in niche technologies and with leading edge science, the Crown Research Institutes identify, respond to and solve science-based challenges affecting our lives today and tomorrow.

Throughout New Zealand and across the globe, their ideas, insights and connections are shaping new thinking and practical action.

Discover their stories, the results and the possibilities. The snippets click to external sites. We try to keep links current for 90 days.

For more on Science New Zealand Inc, the organisation, click here.



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ScienceNZ - The Value of Science Discovery

New Value

Investment in bioplastics research pays off

Bioplastics are a small but rapidly growing niche that currently represents about 1% of the global plastics market. Their use is expected to grow by over 10% per year, with the estimated global market expected to be more than 12 million tonnes per year by 2020.


Is wood quality still relevant?

Planting forests is a long term commitment. Choosing the right trees and management regime requires good site knowledge and a long term perspective about the future value of wood. It also requires a better understanding of what constitutes quality from a consumer’s perspective.


Doubling forest productivity sustainably

A multi-disciplinary team of scientists at Scion and other research organisations is embarking on a six year research programme aimed at raising the profitability of current and future commercial forestry


How onions recognise when to bulb

Onions, the third largest vegetable crop in the world, form a bulb in response to lengthening days


Natural compounds that keep the gut healthy

Research suggests that compounds in fruits and vegetables help us stay healthy by supporting the natural beneficial microorganisms in our gut


Revolutionary new sustainable fishing technology

Imagine if every fish landed on a trawler was alive, in perfect condition and small fish, sharks and other species could be safely released underwater before a catch was lifted on-board.


New Thinking

What will the new water standards mean for forestry?

Government’s freshwater reforms aim to balance economic growth with sustainability, and herald a change to the way freshwater is managed. Communities are now responsible for setting the standards for freshwater management within their region, creating the opportunity for forestry growers to be actively involved in the process.


Choosing the right tree for the job

Forest growers are becoming increasingly aware of the ecosystem services and non-market values that forests provide.


Ginseng adds a layer of possibilities for forestry

Neat rows of netting cloches lined up beneath well pruned radiata pine trees are in sharp contrast to the usual vision of a commercial planted forest block.


Report finds little risk to infants

A report released by the ESR has found that exposure to PBDEs used in the upholstery of car seats as a flame retardant, is unlikely to cause adverse health effects in infants and toddlers


Molecular motors drive energy technologies

Scion may, at first glance, seem an unlikely place to house a team of theoretical physicists.


Mars to Manawatu for robotic rover project

An AgResearch team has taken some extra-terrestrial inspiration to help take the pain out of intensive pasture management.
Inspired by NASA’s Mars rover project, the team at AgResearch in Palmerston North and Lincoln have built a paddock robot they’ve named the Agri-Rover.


New Science

Exciting new possibilities for eucalypts

Eucalypts are a promising commercial plantation species. With their strength, hardness and attractive appearance, and in some species, durability, they provide timber for a range of markets from furniture and outdoor uses, to fibre for high quality papers.


Science discovery already returning millions to New Zealand sheep farming

An enormous international effort to map the sheep genome has already had very valuable spin-offs for New Zealand agriculture 


Soil bacteria may promote tree growth and mitigate climate change

Research into how a group of growth promoting bacteria help plants cope with environmental stress may have major implications for scientists worldwide trying to piece together the full picture of global warming.


Nematode name 50 years in the making

Advances in technology and international expertise have finally enabled the formal description and naming of a New Zealand nematode, more than 50 years after its original discovery.


Crown Research Institutes

  • AgResearch logo.
  • Plant and Food Research logo.
  • ESR logo. GNS Science logo.
  • Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua logo.
  • NIWA logo.
  • SCION logo.

Subsidiaries, associates, joint ventures

  • EcoGene
  • PhytaGro, Inc
  • carboNZero
  • Prevar
  • Enviromark NZ
  • VARNZ Ltd
  • Biopolymer Network
  • Clone International
  • National Land Resource Centre (NLRC)
  • Invasive Species International
  • Grasslands Innovation
  • Atlastech
  • Virtual Institute of Statistical Genetics
  • Veritec
  • EBEX21
  • BioPacific Ventures
  • EnCoate
  • Manaaki Whenua Press
  • farmax
  • grasslanz