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Plant & Food Research joins forces with Māori groups

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 9:09 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists at Plant & Food Research will collaborate with Māori groups to develop protocols to preserve reproductive cells for iconic or endangered freshwater fish and develop local skills for the establishment of a nursey of regional treasures ... More >>

New Zealand horticulture exports grow to $6.2 billion

Friday, 8 May 2020, 9:18 am | Plant and Food Research

New Zealand horticulture exports reached a record breaking $6.2 billion in the year ending June 2019 - an increase of $720 million from the previous year, and more than 10% of New Zealand’s total merchandise export income. More >>

Science staff on lockdown crowd-source image labeling skills

Monday, 20 April 2020, 9:18 am | Plant and Food Research

Like millions of New Zealanders, the majority of Plant & Food Research staff have been staying within their bubble away from the labs, but it does not stop them from contributing to science, one puppy or kitten image at a time. More >>

New Zealand blackcurrants – more than a one-hit wonder

Friday, 6 March 2020, 10:13 am | Plant and Food Research

It’s further good news for people who exercise regularly. According to a study by scientists at Plant & Food Research, anthocyanin-rich New Zealand blackcurrants provide more than one-off benefits for exercise recovery. More >>

Scientists invent new traps for brown marmorated stink bugs

Monday, 10 February 2020, 9:24 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists looking at how to control a future invasion in New Zealand of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys , have developed new traps that could be used to remove future offspring by attracting and removing males and females. More >>

New partnership to develop bigger, tastier blueberries

Thursday, 6 February 2020, 9:26 am | Plant and Food Research

Consumers across the world may soon be experiencing tastier, fuller-sized blueberries year-round, thanks to a new breeding partnership in blueberries that will bring premium quality berries to customers across the world. More >>

Inaugural Ahuwhenua Trophy competition for horticulture

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 9:49 am | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research is proud to be a Gold sponsor of the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy, Excellence in Māori Horticulture Award 2020. This year marks the first time since its establishment in 1933 that the competition has celebrated outstanding Māori ... More >>

European experts share BMSB tracking app success with NZ

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 9:26 am | Plant and Food Research

Two European brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) experts will share the success story of a BMSB tracking mobile app and experience in trying to gain sustainable control of the invasive pest with New Zealand biosecurity experts and stakeholders working ... More >>

International postharvest symposium comes to New Zealand

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 9:03 am | Plant and Food Research

Anyone with an interest in the postharvest treatment of fruits, vegetables and other horticultural crops needs to arrange a trip to New Zealand next November. More >>

Soil and Water Scientist elected as Academician

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 8:59 am | Plant and Food Research

Leading Plant & Food Research soil and water scientist Dr Brent Clothier has recently been elected as an Academician in the Division of Agriculture of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) in its latest biennial election round. He is one of ... More >>

A potential point-of-sale method to check fish oil capsules

Friday, 22 November 2019, 10:19 am | Plant and Food Research

Fish oil capsules are a popular health supplement with many health benefits, but concerns have been raised over the quality because omega-3 fatty acids are very prone to oxidation and deterioration on exposure to heat and light. Plant & Food Research ... More >>

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 >>