Thursday, 1 November 2012
New insect to patrol apple orchards
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Pest management programme results in increased exports
A research programme to reduce the use of chemical pesticides on apple orchards has benefited New Zealand’s pipfruit industry by as much as $113 million in export earnings.
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Broccoli and blueberries may improve gut health
Broccoli and blueberries may have positive effects for those suffering with digestive problems, new research suggests.
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
New wheat cultivars anticipated from cereal breeding partnership
An expanded breeding programme will result in new varieties of wheat and barley being made available for New Zealand growers, delivering high yields and improved resistance to disease.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
BRAT now available online
New tool aims to help wine growers - www.bunchrot.co.nz
Auckland, 25 January 2012 A new tool is set to help the wine industry more accurately train staff to make visual estimates about the severity of bunch rot among the vines.
Friday, 20 January 2012
Plant & Food Research launch new blog site
New Zealand Crown Research Institute, Plant & Food Research, has launched a new blog at www.plantandfood.info aimed at communicating more of the Institute's news, events and research activities with the public.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Gold kiwifruit each day reduce cold symptoms
Adding gold kiwifruit to your diet may lead to less suffering from symptoms of common illnesses such as colds, research suggests.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Birds and mammals vital for native plant survival
Research has shown that the loss of native birds and bats from New Zealand ecosystems can have serious consequences for the survival of native plant species.
Friday, 23 September 2011
Plant & Food Research scientist recognised by peers
22 September 2011 - Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Jim Walker has been recognised for his 30 year research career with the presentation of a prestigious New Zealand Plant Protection medal.
Monday, 8 August 2011
New Research Trust to be launched by Agriculture Minister
The New Zealand Poplar and Willow Research Trust (NZPWRT) will be formally launched by the Minister of Agriculture, Hon.
Monday, 11 July 2011
Sequencing the Potato Genome
A short video explaining the work of the Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium (PGSC), an international team of scientists including Plant & Food Research, and the research recently published in Nature.
Apple Futures: Sustainablity in New Zealand Apple Production
The Apple Futures programme, initiated in 2008, incorporates pest monitoring, disease models and biological controls to reduce chemical residues on New Zealand-grown apples.
Potato genome sequence published in Nature
8 July 2011 The Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium (PGSC), an international team of scientists including Plant & Food Research, has published its findings in the international journal Nature.
Monday, 27 December 2010
Unravelling the secrets of strawberry
Scientists have unravelled the genetic secret of a Christmas favourite – the strawberry.
Monday, 29 November 2010
Mendel's Pea Flower Colour Genes Found
Plant & Food Research scientists have helped discover the key to one of biology's most well-known experiments -- the gene that controls pea flower colour, used by Mendel in his initial studies of inheritance.
Kiwifruit Psa Identification Video
Dr Bob Fullerton outlines how to look for PSA in an orchard and best management practices.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Plant & Food Research to lead New Zealand research in horticulture and food development
16 November 2010 Minister of Research, Science and Technology, the Hon Dr Wayne Mapp, today released Statements of Core Purpose for each of New Zealand’s eight Crown Research Institutes, including Plant & Food Research.
Monday, 1 November 2010
Developing plant derived foods to keep us feeling full
1 November 2010 Discovering how plant foods reduce appetite and keep people feeling fuller for longer is a new Plant & Food Research programme receiving investment from New Zealand food companies and government.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Landing lights for bees - how Snapdragon flowers got their stripes
13 October 2010 Landing lights for bees, or nature’s way of inviting bees to sample the nectar and pollen in a flower gives us beautiful flowers often with intricate colour patterns.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Finding the key to Mendel's pea flowers
Plant & Food Research scientists have helped discover the key to one of biology's most well-known experiments – the gene that controls pea flower colour, used by Mendel in his initial studies of inheritance.
Monday, 30 August 2010
Sequence of apple genome reveals unexpected results
30 August 2010 Analysis of the complete DNA sequence of apple suggests that a major step in evolution of the fruit was caused by a catastrophic environmental event, possibly the same one that killed the dinosaurs.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Government investment recognises wine industry success
The Sauvignon Blanc Programme - the world's most comprehensive research investigation into Sauvignon blanc grapes and wine - is set to build upon the discoveries of recent years and offer new tools to New Zealand's wine industry thanks to new funding.
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Earnings from New Zealand's horticultural industries exceed $6 billion
$450 million leap in exports helps set new record
Auckland, New Zealand, 8 June 2010 – New Zealand's horticulture industry has continued to grow, recording its highest ever annual returns last year.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Breathe Easy: A natural fruit compound may help asthma
A preliminary study by New Zealand company Plant & Food Research shows that natural chemicals from blackcurrants may help breathing in some types of asthma.
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Chief Scientist recognised in New Year Honours list
AUCKLAND, 7 January 2010 Plant & Food Research Chief Scientist, Dr Ian Ferguson, was among the deserving New Zealanders recognised in the 2010 New Years Honours list, being appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to horticultural science.
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Advances in Pollination Research Earns Scientist Top Award
The Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) has named Plant & Food Research scientist, Dr Mark Goodwin, as the 2009 Researcher of the Year, for the pollination research that he and his team have carried out over recent years.
Friday, 13 November 2009
New facility aims to unlock potential value from marine by products
NELSON, November 11 th 2009 - Plant & Food Research's Nelson based Seafood Research Unit is set to formally open a new Bioprocessing Laboratory on November 12th .
Monday, 9 November 2009
Investment to fast-track the development of new kiwifruit cultivars
AUCKLAND, 9th November 2009 - The Hon Dr Wayne Mapp, Minister of Research Science and Technology, has announced a $35.7 million dollar investment into a seven-year ZESPRI/Plant & Food Research programme to develop new kiwifruit varieties.
Monday, 5 October 2009
Bee researcher recognised for contribution to science
Dr Mark Goodwin receives medal for pollination research.
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Breeding apples with red flesh
Plant & Food scientist recognised for most commercially-applicable finding .