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Top researchers honoured in Prime Minister’s Science Prizes

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 13th, 2018.

The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been presented in Wellington today, awarding a total of $1 million across five categories. The top prize has been awarded to a multidisciplinary team from Plant & Food Research that helped the New Zealand kiwifruit industry recover after the discovery of the vine-killing disease Psa (Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae). Plant […]

Business Day: Mapping of apple genome sets scene for new types

Peter Griffin posted in on August 30th, 2010.

Romy Udanga writes in Business Day about the release of the first complete draft sequence of the apple genome – an international project involving scientists from Plant and Food Research. The sequence not only answers the question of the origin of the apple, but might also help in the cultivation of apples, which are the […]

NZ Herald: Institute – Our GM safety has improved

Peter Griffin posted in on August 3rd, 2010.

Jarrod Booker writes in the New Zealand Herald about Plant and Food Research’s contention that its safety procedures are adequate, following an investigation into the second escape in 2 years of GM plants from a facility belonging to it. It says that it has learned from the latest breach, and has tightened its procedures to […]

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 […]

3 News/NZPA: The future is ‘beautifully black’, say berrygrowers

Peter Griffin posted in on July 13th, 2010.

International research into the health benefits of blackcurrants has local berry growers thinking of ways to sell more of their product. Research has shown that blackcurrants contain compounds which could help eyesight, improve decision-making when stressed, and improve circulation. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Scientists at the Second International Blackcurrant Association Conference recently held […]

Waikato Times: To chew or not to chew, what suits you?

Peter Griffin posted in on April 15th, 2010.

Rebeccah Todd writes in the Waikato Times about research being undertaken by Lincoln’s Plant & Food Research scientists into how the composition of food, as well as how we eat it, affects the extent to which it satisfies us. They have discovered, for example, that chewing less and taking bigger bites is probably better for […]

TVNZ/One News: Asthma sufferers get help from blackcurrants

Peter Griffin posted in on March 26th, 2010.

Blackcurrants contain a compound which could help lungs fight inflammation, according to research conducted by Plant and Food Research. The discovery could lead to improved treatments for asthma sufferers. An excerpt: (read in full here) A team at Plant and Food Research in Palmerston North isolated the compound from New Zealand blackcurrants, extracted it and […]

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