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New Zealand horticulture reaches new height at $8.8 billion

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 12:44 pm | Plant and Food Research

New Zealand horticulture had another record breaking year in 2017. The industry was valued at $8.8 billion, up $100 million from 2016, and the total value of exports was close to $5.12 billion, up $14 million from the year before. More >>

Codling Moths Dropped in for Fruitless Sex

Friday, 23 March 2018, 9:47 am | Plant and Food Research

A pilot programme by Plant & Food Research to collapse the population of one of New Zealand’s most harmful apple pests, the codling moth, has produced spectacular results. More >>

Māori team up with Crown to breed unique berries

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 4:42 pm | Plant and Food Research

A joint venture company has been created to breed and develop new unique berry varieties to be marketed exclusively by Māori-owned firm Miro Limited Partnership (Miro). More >>

Scientists discuss sex-less insects

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 4:18 pm | Plant and Food Research

More than 20 scientists from across the globe will get gather in New Zealand to discuss a new method to stop insect pests reproducing. More >>

NZ Prime Minister recognises science that saved kiwifruit

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 4:50 pm | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research is proud to be the recipient of this year’s Prime Minister’s Science Prize for its rapid response to the vine-killing kiwifruit disease Psa. More >>

NZ and India building stronger horticultural relationships

Friday, 2 February 2018, 12:00 pm | Plant and Food Research

A new partnership has been announced between New Zealand and the State of Himachal Pradesh under the Himachal Pradesh Horticultural Development Project which targets smallholder farmers in northern India. More >>

Climate model gets the measure of myrtle rust

Monday, 20 November 2017, 11:35 am | Plant and Food Research

Myrtle rust never sleeps and, for a while it seems, neither did Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Rob Beresford, who spent the month of June poring through research articles, crunching data and creating mathematical formula to better gauge what the disease ... More >>

Liverworts would rather be 'red than dead'

Friday, 3 November 2017, 1:07 pm | Plant and Food Research

A Plant & Food Research project into the unique way liverworts shield themselves from extreme environments has been awarded funding for ongoing research in the latest round of Marsden Awards. More >>

New Programme Promotes Profitability & Sustainability

Thursday, 19 October 2017, 11:54 am | Plant and Food Research

Improving environmental, economic and social outcomes are at the heart of an expansive new sustainability science programme from Plant & Food Research. More >>

New tools could secure the future of seafood

Monday, 25 September 2017, 11:58 am | Plant and Food Research

25 September 2017 - The fishing industry and global fisheries managers need to get on board with the power of genomics to secure the future of seafood, say scientists. More >>

Avocados could be good for guts

Monday, 21 August 2017, 11:38 am | Plant and Food Research

New research shows avocados may be good for gut health, which would be another previously unknown benefit. More >>

Apples delivered with a side of biodiversity

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 3:35 pm | Plant and Food Research

Most people might assume organic growing methods are better for biodiversity, but a new study by Plant & Food Research scientists shows a different approach can work just as well. More >>

Innovation vital to success of horticulture

Friday, 14 July 2017, 9:25 am | Plant and Food Research

Innovation will be key to the on-going success of the horticulture industry, says Dr Bruce Campbell, recipient of the 2017 Horticulture New Zealand Industry Service Award. More >>

Cracking mānuka’s genetic code to mitigate myrtle rust

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 11:46 am | Plant and Food Research

A nationwide science project that sequenced the mānuka genome and is now exploring its genetic diversity may be instrumental in protecting the indigenous plant from the fungal disease myrtle rust. More >>

Throwing ants off the scent

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 2:06 pm | Plant and Food Research

Scientists at Plant & Food Research, B3 (Better Border Biosecurity) and the University of Auckland have been researching Argentine ants to determine how odour and physical cues help them to forage for food. More >>

Breeding blue cod brings new possibilities

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 12:24 pm | Plant and Food Research

Scientists have managed to successfully breed blue cod for the first time, a milestone that will support the development of a new aquaculture industry for New Zealand. More >>

Bruce Campbell honoured by Royal Society of New Zealand

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 10:35 am | Plant and Food Research

Congratulations to Dr Bruce Campbell, Chief Operating Officer of Plant & Food Research, on being awarded the prestigious Thomson Medal for 2016. More >>

Breakthrough for the bees

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 1:30 pm | Plant and Food Research

Our small but hardy honey bees are under siege from a range of pests and diseases. However, some relief may be in sight for these important insects from a particularly dangerous disease – one that can destroy entire hives. More >>

Familiarity breeds versatility

Monday, 21 November 2016, 2:45 pm | Plant and Food Research

If you find yourself purchasing the same chocolate or wine at the supermarket, then your habit may have a scientific explanation. More >>

Big future for bright spud

Friday, 14 October 2016, 12:12 pm | Plant and Food Research

There is a new bright-skinned beauty in the potato patch that scrubs up well and is set to cause a bit of a stir. More >>



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