The vandalism of a pine plantation containing genetically modified trees has been widely covered in the media, raising the profile of the GM issue in the public eye.
The attack, which occurred over Easter weekend, resulted in the destruction of 375 radiata pines planted by CRI Scion to test herbicide resistance and study reproductive development.
You can read more on the attack and expert commentary from the Science Media Centre here.
The vandalism brings the issue of GM into the public arena, with media reports sourcing comment from numerous scientists and activists.
Examples of coverage include:
TVNZ News: Vandals destroy hundreds of GM pine trees
Daily Post: Scion GM pine trees destroyed by vandals
NZ Herald: GM attack ‘threatens NZ’s edge’
NewsTalk ZB: GM pine tree security beefed up
NZ Herald: GE tree attack: Company vows to replant
Otago Daily Times: Vandals destroy $400,000 of GM trees
Daily Post: Vandals’ $1 million rampage
MSN News: Valuable GM info lost with axed trees