Posts tagged "Plant and Food Research"

World first from Meadow Mushrooms

[15 April/FMCG Business] Meadow Mushrooms have created green packaging for their products made out of mushrooms as a world first. The company stopped using plastic punnets to hold their mushrooms, eliminating the equivalent of 2.5 million plastic drink bottles, in just a year and converted to bio-degradable and compostable cardboard punnets. Meadow Mushrooms are now...

How farmers can build up carbon in soils

[18 March/Rural News Group] Massey University and Plant & Food Research are completing research through full inversion tillage to renew pasture offsetting greenhouse emissions. Professor Mike Hedley of Massey University reports that the research is based on increasing carbon in subsoil in low to rolling country so that it can be easily ploughed and farmers...

First observational study on breastmilk composition could drive scientific, technological and commercial advancements

[15 November/Dairy Reporter] A world first study conducted by Plant and Food Research in the Manawatu/ Whanganui regions has analysed dietary intakes and breastmilk nutrient composition to aid the development of supplements or programmes to support the health of breastfeeding mothers.  The programme, funded by Danone Nutricia, involved 78 women who recorded their food and...

New consumer and sensory science facility on the way

[29 August/Massey University] Massey University are developing a state of the art consumer and sensory science facility to determine what drives people in their food choice behaviours. College of Sciences Pro-Vice Chancellor, Ray Geor, said the investment continued to build on the strong food science capability at Massey. The facility would increase the already strong...

Fruitful results for Vietnam’s dragonfruit industry

[28 September/Radio NZ] Scientists from New Zealand believed they had found a way to double dragonfruit production. This would be achieved through changing the way the plants are trained. Plant and Food Research scientists worked in Vietnam for five years as part of an aid programme to improve returns for dragonfruit growers. Head of Plant...

Tauranga’s Maori berry company Miro could rival kiwifruit’s Zespri

[15 September/NZ Herald] A Maori owned berry company in Tauranga believes it could be as successful as Zespri. Miro plans to become an export success story by putting tunnel houses on underutilised Maori land nationwide, creating over 5,000 jobs and put $500 million into the economy. Business Development Manager, Liz Te Amo, said it had...

What’s New Zealand’s answer to Impossible burger?

 [1 June/NBR] The Ministry for Primary Industries and Plant and Food’s joint report assessed consumer response to protein and highlighted the opportunity for New Zealand’s traditional animal-based agriculture. Animal-based protein export revenue accounts for 60 percent of the country’s total primary exports. The report said while animal proteins continued to appeal to traditional consumer preferences,...

Horticulture industry scores another record breaking year

[16 May/Rural News] The New Zealand horticulture industry had a record breaking year in 2017 with exports reaching $5.12 billion. The industry value was up $100 million from last year at $8.8 billion. According to Plant and Food Research horticulture produce accounted for 10.3 percent of New Zealand’s export income. The growth was primarily driven...

Onion crop slashed by disease

[29 March/Radio NZ] New Zealand’s onion crop has decreased by at least 20 percent due to humid weather which resulted in a leaf disease. Onions New Zealand Chief Executive, Michael Ahern, said stemphylium had damaged plants and caused difficulties in some growing areas. The onion industry commissioned Plant and Food Research to find out more...

Berry group hopes for a $1b export business

[15 March/NZ Herald] A new joint venture between a Maori collective, Miro Limited Partnership, and government owned science company, Plant and Food Research, will use new technologies to grow berries for export in climates and regions that have not typically been used. Miro’s Director and Horticultural Entrepreneur, Steve Saunders, said the business had a vision...

FAR wins new funding for research into arable nutrient loss

[14 August/Stuff: NZ Farmer] A new $1 million research programme targeted on understanding the levels of soil nutrient losses from cropping systems has received funding from the Ministry for the Environment’s Freshwater Improvement Fund. The project led by Foundation for Arable Research together with Horticulture NZ, Ravensdown, five Regional Councils (Canterbury, Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay...

Kiwi apple voted US favourite

 [7 April/ New Zealand Herald] The New Zealand Envy apple has been voted America’s favourite in a five-week competition run by the US Apple Association throughout February and March. The Envy was bred naturally by crossing Braeburn with Royal Gala apples, developed by New Zealand government-owned Plant and Food Research. A new season of New...

Lincoln confident of new agri hub

 [7 February/ Rural News] A recent report by Treasury that flagged the $206 million Lincoln Hub project at amber/ red status has not dented confidence at Lincoln University that the project will be successfully delivered.  The project is a joint venture between the university and AgResearch, with Landcare Research, Plant and Food Research and DairyNZ...

Veg the new bacon?

 [30 May/ Farmers Weekly] New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Strategic Marketing Manager, Roger Bourne said the country’s horticulture industry could achieve its goal of being a $10 billion industry by 2020, with exports alone currently worth $4.3 billion a year. Mr Bourne said reasons for the success of horticulture fashion, free trade...

Marlborough viticulturists predict big harvest after good growing season

[7 January/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Marlborough viticulturists have predicted a high crop yield this season despite cooler and drier conditions. Allan Scott Winemaking and Viticulture Director, Josh Scott said the amount of grape bunches indicated the season has the potential to be as big as the 2008 harvest. Mr Scott believed the wine industry...

Scientists work together on fruit fly control

[28 August/ Radio NZ Rural] Plant and Food Research Institute has paired up with Australian research bodies to improve detection and control of the Queensland fruit fly. Plant and Food Research Science Group Leader, Dr Max Suckling said it was in New Zealand’s interest to help control the spread of the fly in Australia, as...

Bee deaths raise fears of colony collapse

[3 August/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Scientists have been responding to early reports of honey bee colony losses on the Coromandel and in Waikato, and fear that the symptoms are consistent with colony collapse disorder. Plant and Food Research Bee Unit Head, Dr Mark Goodwin said the symptoms were similar to colony collapse disorder, but...

Beekeepers face bigger battle with new parasit

e [22 July/ Radio NZ Rural] Plant and Food Research Head of Bee Unit, Mark Goodwin said the recent Lotmaria Passim parasite discovery had serious implications for the bee industry because it and another parasite, Nosema Ceranae, have been linked with bee colony collapses overseas. Dr Goodwin also said beekeepers were also finding it harder...