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Biofuels could lead NZ to a green transport future – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 26th, 2018.

New Zealand could build a renewable low-carbon transport fuels industry – but only if the nation decides to act, according to a new report from Scion. In 2015, nearly a quarter of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions were from combustible fuels, so the report suggests biofuels could have a major impact on overall reduction of […]

Inaugural CRI science awards

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 10th, 2017.

Science New Zealand, the body that represents the country’s seven Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), hosted its inaugural national awards at Parliament last night. It’s been a week of celebration for the research institutes, which have been celebrating 25 years since the inception of the CRIs. Its conference on Thursday included addresses by new Minister for […]

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Redefining genetic modification – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on November 4th, 2015.

The Environmental Protection Authority is planning to tweak regulations to clear up confusion over what is and is not a genetically modified organism (GMO). Under current law, widely-used crops can be considered “genetically modified” because of the way they were created, despite having been grown in New Zealand fields for decades. The proposed amendments clarify that […]

High court decision on GMOs – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 23rd, 2014.

What is a genetically modified organism? New Zealand’s legal system is struggling with the question in the face of emerging new technologies – as highlighted in a new High Court decision. At the heart of the decision was Crown Research Institute Scion’s plans to develop pine tree strains using new techniques based on ZFN-1 (Zinc […]

NZ Herald: Put a tree in your tank

Peter Griffin posted in on October 23rd, 2012.

New Zealand Herald feature writer Chris Barton looks at the scientific efforts underway in New Zealand to yield biofuel from forestry – and the barriers to expansion of this clean technology development. An excerpt: Scion studies have shown those forests could be a huge, sustainable source of feedstock, especially if waste from trimmings, cutting and […]

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GM pine attack ‘misguided’ – editorial

John Kerr posted in on April 19th, 2012.

An editorial in the Dominion Post examines the issue of GM in New Zealand  following an activist attack on a research plantation of genetically modified pines near Rotorua. An excerpt (read in full here): Editorial: GM vandals’ acts misguided The greatest environmental threat posed by the field trial of genetically modified pine trees at Rotorua […]

GM Pine attack in the news

John Kerr posted in on April 16th, 2012.

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. […]

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GM pine tree trials vandalised – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on April 13th, 2012.

UPDATED: Genetically-modified radiata pine trees have been destroyed at a facility in Rotorua operated by the Crown research institute Scion in what the research organisation has labelled a “blatant act of vandalism”. The 1-hectare field trial site contained 375 pine trees and those entering the facility cut through a perimeter fence and then dug under […]

Trains, genes and progress

John Kerr posted in on July 7th, 2011.

The Rotarua Daily Post has introduced a monthy column from the CEO of Scion, Dr Warren Parker. In his inaugural column, Dr Parker examines the issue of genetic modification in an careful light, acknowledging the  benefits but also highlighting the need to “proceed with caution”. An excerpt (read in full here): FORESTRY RESEARCH INSIGHT by […]

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NZ Herald: ‘Magic’ process turns kiwifruit into gold

Peter Griffin posted in on September 3rd, 2010.

Michael Dickison writes in the New Zealand Herald about work by NZ scientists which has allowed kiwifruit to be turned into plastic, and sewage into electricity. The work, carried out by CRI Scion, has meant the development of a chemical process which makes kiwifruit melt like plastic in normal factory equipment.  Another process allows the […]

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