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MYBs generate 'wow factors' in fruits and vegetables

Friday, 20 July 2018, 11:05 am | Plant and Food Research

Novelty and health benefits play a major role in influencing consumers’ purchasing decisions and are often controlled in the plant by a family of proteins called MYBs. Understanding how these work could result in new fruits and vegetables on the supermarket ... More >>

Plant & Food Research wins two 2018 KiwiNet Awards

Friday, 6 July 2018, 11:34 am | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research went home with two of the five KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, which celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes. More >>

Understanding non-lethal effects of pesticides on honey bees

Wednesday, 4 July 2018, 9:45 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists are developing a new way of studying bees in the laboratory to determine whether pesticides are having a negative effect on their health and behaviour. More >>

Almond project expands to three states in Australia

Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 1:58 pm | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research Australia’s almond research has expanded to Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Once planting is completed this winter there will be 7,105 research trees and 12.3 hectares of trial sites across the three states. ... More >>

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 >>



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