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Supreme Court rejects Ruataniwha appeal – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 6th, 2017.

The Supreme Court has denied an appeal to allow a land swap for the proposed Ruataniwha Dam project in the Hawke’s Bay. The court’s decision was released today, following a Court of Appeal ruling last year that found the process of acquiring the land was unlawful. The SMC asked environmental policy experts to comment on the decision. Feel […]

Invasive species on the march – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 16th, 2017.

Somewhere out in the world, there are two new pest incursions a day, according to new research showing that efforts to prevent pests, weeds and diseases have not kept up with the pace of globalisation.  An international team of scientists, whose findings were published overnight in Nature Communications, found that the number of invasive species […]

Call to arms to avert climate change losses – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 12th, 2016.

A group of international scientists – including a New Zealander – is calling for a global effort to help predict how climate change will affect species. While sophisticated mathematical models can help scientists forecast outcomes under climate change, they’re only as good as the data that goes into the models, the researchers wrote in Science. […]

NZ’s first soil science professor dies

Peter Griffin posted in on November 17th, 2010.

Emeritus Professor Thomas William Walker, more familiar to many New Zealanders as ‘The Prof’, has died age 94. Walker came to Lincoln University from Britain in the 50s, to take up NZ’s first soil science professorship.  He also became well-known known as ‘The Prof’ in Maggie’s Garden Show, where he filmed most of his material […]

NZ Herald: Lab errors leads to GE leak

Peter Griffin posted in on August 2nd, 2010.

David Fisher writes in the New Zealand Herald about a probe into last year’s GE breach at Plant and Food Research’s Lincoln lab. While no criminal charges have been laid, the probe found that there were a number of problems related to the handling of the GE seeds, including not using the proper equipment to […]

Malborough Express/NZPA: Wine project to get $12m boost

Peter Griffin posted in on July 22nd, 2010.

Michael Berry (and NZPA) writes in the Malborough Express about the $12million FoRST grant which will fund research into sauvignon blanc over the next 6 years. The research is looking into how to broaden the range of flavours in the wine, and lead to the ability to tailor wine tastes for different markets/countries. An excerpt: […]

TVNZ: GE weeds spread from containment glasshouse

Peter Griffin posted in on December 1st, 2009.

A piece by TVNZ on MAF’s investigation of a potential GM-trial breach on the Lincoln campus of Crown Research Institute, Plant & Food Research. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The problem is over arabidopsis thaliana, a weed for which Plant and Food – and the two state science companies from which it was created, […]

Agresearch, Lincoln University to merge

Peter Griffin posted in on March 10th, 2009.

Announcement from AgResearch and Lincoln University issued today at 11am. The Chairman of AgResearch and the Chancellor of Lincoln University today announced that the Crown Research Institute and the University support, in principle, the merger of the two organisations to create a substantially enhanced Lincoln University with a specific and deep focus on land utilisation […]

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