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Science NZ Awards honour Plant & Food Research scientists

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 11:16 am | Plant and Food Research

A team that has developed a ground-breaking wildfish harvesting system, a leading environmental scientist and an emerging plant geneticist from Plant & Food Research were amongst the 21 scientists and research teams recognised at Science New Zealand ... More >>

Scientists discover new class of flavonoids

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 10:50 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists at Plant & Food Research, along with colleagues at Lincoln University and overseas, have recently discovered a brand new class of flavonoid pigments called “auronidins”. More >>

Underwater vision tech offers advancement in aquaculture

Friday, 30 August 2019, 10:50 am | Plant and Food Research

Hendrix Genetics and Plant & Food Research have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-develop underwater vision technology for measuring aquaculture breeding stock, using trout as a test case. More >>

Blackcurrants and Exercise

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 11:38 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists at Plant & Food Research have found that juice from New Zealand blackcurrants consumed prior to exercising could increase motivation to adhere to exercise. More >>

Kiwifruit genes validate plant evolutionary theory

Tuesday, 6 August 2019, 11:05 am | Plant and Food Research

An international research team has discovered a sex determining gene in kiwifruit that could potentially lead to the breeding of hermaphrodite varieties. The study has also validated the “two-mutation model” in sex acquisition of plants proposed ... More >>

How much sugar is really in our food?

Thursday, 4 July 2019, 12:43 pm | Plant and Food Research

New data on free and added sugars is included in the latest release of the New Zealand Food Composition Database (NZFCD), jointly released by Plant & Food Research and the Ministry of Health. More >>

Blackcurrant extract offers benefits for exercise recovery

Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 9:10 am | Plant and Food Research

A new study by scientists at Plant & Food Research has found that an extract from New Zealand blackcurrants could offer benefits for people with an active lifestyle. More >>

Protective covers reduce honey bee foraging and colonies

Tuesday, 4 June 2019, 10:34 am | Plant and Food Research

The use of protective covers for crops can lead to a decline in honey bee (Apis mellifera) foraging and colony strength, according to a recent study funded by Zespri and the Ministry for Primary Industries Sustainable Farming Fund and conducted by ... More >>

New Zealand horticulture exceeds $9.2 billion

Tuesday, 28 May 2019, 9:16 am | Plant and Food Research

New Zealand horticulture is well on track to meet its goal of $10 billion by 2020. The industry was valued at $9.2 billion in the year ending 30 June, 2018, up $400 million from 2017. The increase was driven by a strong growth in exports, which rose ... More >>

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 >>



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