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New Zealand gets first-hand lesson from visiting BMSB expert

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 9:50 am | Plant and Food Research

The invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) poses a huge threat to New Zealand’s primary industries. Experience from countries where the pest is present is highly valuable to New Zealand in preventing and controlling any potential BMSB outbreaks. ... More >>

Novel canopy management techniques bear fruit

Thursday, 28 March 2019, 9:16 am | Plant and Food Research

Novel plant architectures and new canopy management techniques have nearly doubled the yield of Envy™ apples and improved the quality of Zespri® SunGold Kiwifruit. More >>

Chemical time capsules from Captain Cook's voyage

Friday, 1 March 2019, 11:50 am | Plant and Food Research

Robust oil gland linings in historical mānuka samples collected during one of Captain James Cook’s voyages serve as “chemical time capsules”, linking them to modern mānuka varieties, a Plant & Food Research study has found. More >>

Gut bacteria adapting to NZers' love of fruit and veg

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 12:04 pm | Plant and Food Research

The discovery of the first gut bacterium that specialises in breaking down a hard-to-digest substance found in plants suggests that the human gut microbiome is evolving to accommodate our consumption of fibre-rich foods. More >>

Global apple & pear breeding programme heats up

Thursday, 7 February 2019, 8:56 am | Plant and Food Research

New, superior tasting apples and pears that can thrive in the planet’s increasingly warm climate will soon be available to fruit growers worldwide. More >>

Plant & Food Research success in Sustainable Farming Fund

Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 12:05 pm | Plant and Food Research

On-farm nitrogen (N) management, reduced use of agrichemicals in onion production, pest management in strawberries, and management of avocado fruit quality are amongst the seven proposals selected for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Sustainable ... More >>

New nutrient management guidelines for vegetables released

Wednesday, 23 January 2019, 4:03 pm | Plant and Food Research

A new best practice manual developed in collaboration with Plant & Food Research, Vegetable Research & Innovation (VR&I) Board and the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand (FANZ) will help commercial vegetable growers and consultants make ... More >>

Science in the Darkroom

Monday, 7 January 2019, 9:37 am | Plant and Food Research

Science in the Darkroom: Unseen science on glass plate negatives from the Plant & Food Research collection More >>

VineFacts turns 600

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 1:25 pm | Plant and Food Research

This week’s VineFacts is the 600th edition of the weekly viticulture publication, which started in January 1997 and is now in its 23rd season. More >>

Scientist wins Syngenta Growth Award

Friday, 14 December 2018, 10:45 am | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research crop protection specialist Dr Jim Walker was amongst a number of industry leaders from New Zealand and Australia to receive the Syngenta Growth Awards in Sydney. The accolades recognise individuals from different regions across ... More >>

New biological control for kiwifruit disease

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 11:15 am | Plant and Food Research

Kiwifruit growers can now access a new tool to help them combat the bacterial disease Psa – the biocontrol product AureoGold™. More >>

Plant & Food Research to welcome its 300th summer student

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 10:02 am | Plant and Food Research

The Plant & Food Research Summer Studentship Programme began in the summer of 2008/2009 immediately after the Crown Research Institute was established. This year, 28 students will take part in the programme, bringing the total number of studentships to 328 ... More >>

Postharvest scientist honoured by NZIAHS

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 10:22 am | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Jeremy Burdon has been awarded a Fellowship of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science in recognition of his longstanding contributions to postharvest science that supports New Zealand's ... More >>

Plant & Food Research scientists recognised at Awards

Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:27 am | Plant and Food Research

A leading materials scientist, an emerging kiwifruit scientist and a team that develops genetic markers to enable breeders to select elite seedlings, all from Plant & Food Research, were honoured at the Science New Zealand 2018 National Awards at Parliament ... More >>

Researching bumblebee learning and snapper biology

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 11:13 am | Plant and Food Research

The biology of bumblebees and snapper are the focus of new research projects funded by the Marsden Fund. More >>

New Zealand blackcurrants support an active lifestyle

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 12:03 pm | Plant and Food Research

New research is adding to the knowledge that New Zealand blackcurrants are a ‘super fruit’ for those with an active lifestyle. More >>

Fish scientist receives early career honour

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 12:18 pm | Plant and Food Research

Dr Maren Wellenreuther, a senior scientist at Plant & Food Research, has won this year’s Hamilton Award, the Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Science. More >>

Analysis of breast milk nutrient composition

Monday, 8 October 2018, 10:23 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists have investigated the differences in breast milk produced by women from the three main ethnic groups in New Zealand. The findings may help researchers develop a product for breastfeeding mothers that would support their nutrition and therefore ... More >>

Scientists recognised for controlling plant disease

Friday, 28 September 2018, 11:03 am | Plant and Food Research

Two wins for Plant & Food Research at the Kudos Awards - Dr Philip Elmer, a senior scientist in plant pathology and biological control, has been presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, while his team was awarded the Kudos Science ... More >>

Native birds as potential alternative to pesticides

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 12:00 pm | Plant and Food Research

A team led by Plant & Food Research will undertake a pilot study this summer to determine if native birds can potentially function as nature’s pest control. More >>



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