Posts tagged "Plant and Food Research"

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...

Bee colonies wiped out as new parasite spreads through New Zealand [22 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer]

Independent scientists have identified the Lotmaria Passim parasite in bees on the Coromandel Peninsula, raising concerns of another major biosecurity challenge for the industry. Beekeeping sources confirmed that losses on the Peninsula last spring amounted to thousands of colonies, with up to 95 percent of bees in each hive disappearing without trace. Reports of similar...

Funding boost for food research

[23 February/Radio New Zealand Rural] The Ministry for Business, Employment and Innovation will invest $400,000 into three new food research projects between New Zealand and Japanese institutes. Plant and Food Research and Japan’s Aichi Gakuin University plan to investigate the health properties of blackcurrants and how the body uses them for energy and exercise performance....

New funding for apple pest research

[28 November/ Radio New Zealand Rural] An additional $4.3 million of government support for the Apple Futures II programme will enable Plant and Food Research to continue the development of techniques to control pests and diseases and remove insects post-harvest with minimal use of chemicals. Pipfruit New Zealand CEO, Alan Pollard said the programme is...

Crowdsourcing methods to fight Psa [14 November/ Radio New Zealand Rural]

Scientists at Plant and Food Research have decided to share the genome sequence of kiwifruit and the Psa bacterium online to allow scientists from around the world access it, with project leader, Zac Hanley saying that he hopes the crowd sourcing knowledge would help with the control of Psa.

Decisions on controversial High Value Nutrition funding to be made by year end

[10 November/ National Business Review] The Government’s first National Science Challenge, High Value Nutrition is soon to determine what projects will be receiving funding from the up to $180.8 million fund, over ten years to meet the goal of developing high value foods with validated health benefits to boost exports to $45 billion by 2025....

Hop Lab to brew better beers

[10 October/ Rural News Group] Plant & Food Research, in partnership with NZ Hops and Chris Little Engineering, have opened a new pilot research brewery, Hop Lap at its Motueka site, to allow the hops breeding team to create experimental trial brews from new cultivars. The programme is supported by a six year grant from...

Kenyan avocado farmers benefit from aid programme and Kiwi agri know-how

[9 October/ The National Business Review] The five year New Zealand aid programme worth $4 million involving Plant & Food Research and edible oils company Olivado, to improve the productivity and quality of production from farmers are benefiting 1,200 smallholder avocado farmers in the central highlands of Kenya. Olivado’s Nairobi factory is supplied with Fair...

Distinctive new pear planted in NZ

[2 October/ Radio New Zealand Rural] The first New Zealand planting of a distinctive new pear, Piqa Boo, a product of Plant and Food Research’s fruit breeding programme which combines the characteristics from European, Japanese and Chinese pears. Prevar (a New Zealand and Australian joint venture aimed at commercialising new pipfruit cultivars) CEO, Brett Ennis...

Host proposals sought for food safety centre

[8 July/ Rural News Group] Food Safety Minister, Nikki Kaye said that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry for Primary Industries are working collaboratively to appoint a host for the Food Safety Science and Research Centre, which is being established to promote, co-ordinate and deliver food safety science and research in...

Hamilton goes to war on foulbrood

[9 May/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Scientists and beekeepers in Hamilton are attempting to eradicate the killer honey bee disease, American Foulbrood from the city, as an initial step in a long term plan to eradicate the disease from the entire country by destroying infected hives. Plant and Food Research leading bee scientist, Mark Goodwin...

Onions, apples lead lift in horticultural exports

[6 May/ Business Day] In the year ending 30 June 2013, onion exports increased 47 percent to $90 million and apple exports increased 40 percent to $475 million. Plant & Food Research said that overall horticulture exports are worth $3.6 billion or 8 percent of all merchandise products sold overseas, which has increased from 7.8...

Kiwi, Aussie avocado growers snuggle up

[17 September/ Rural News] Collaboration and co-operation came through as key themes from last week’s Australasian avocado growers conference.  The industry has recently collaborated with Plant and Food Research to secure a $4 million research grant to improve orchard productivity and find solutions to mitigate the biennial bearing problem.  The recently elected chair of both...