Posts tagged "Scion"

Breakthrough in pine tree disease research

[24 May/The Country] Researchers at Scion have made a breakthrough in studying red needle cast, a pine tree disease, which falls in the same family as kauri dieback. The researchers studied the way the disease behaved in both detached needles and the whole pine tree and found infection had two peaks, at four days and...

Wasp could sting pest beetle population

[3 October/Stuff] Scientists said a tiny wasp could stop an Australian beetle chewing through millions of dollars in forestry profits every year. Scion, the Crown Research Institute, have applied to release a parasitoid wasp to control the eucalyptus tortoise beetle. The Environmental Protection Authority would consider the application to introduce the Eadya daenerys wasp which...

Report: NZ could have a greener, bio-fuelled future

[26 February/NZ Herald] According to a new Government-funded investigation, New Zealand could cut its greenhouse gas emissions by kick-starting a major biofuels industry. The report produced by Crown research institute Scion, set out how New Zealand could turn feedstock crops into green fuels for heavy transport, ships and aircraft. They explored possible options of substituting...

New FAR CEO well versed in industry

[17 January/The Country] The Foundation for Arable Research has appointed Dr Alison Stewart as its new CEO to replace Nick Pyke who signalled last year that it would be stepping down from the role he has held since the organisation was founded in 1995.  Dr Stewart is currently General Manager Forest Science at Scion and...

Robots could soon take over dangerous forestry jobs

[5 December/ Radio New Zealand] Some of the most dangerous and labour intensive jobs in the primary sector could soon be done by robots. Researchers from Lincoln Agritech, Scion, and several universities around the country have been working to develop robots that could be trained to work alongside people in the sector. The $2 million...

DNA feat could boost star forestry species

[18 October/New Zealand Herald] Crown research institute Scion have completed a draft assembly of the radiata pine’s genetic makeup, or genome, opening the door to a new era of precision forestry for the critically important species. The genome assembly began in 2013 and was completed last month, using the Rotorua-based institute’s newly acquired high-capacity computer...

Forestry will be critical for farming systems of the future

[5 September/ Stuff] New limits on nutrients and carbon emissions would require a revision of the future of livestock farming, and planting forestry may help farmers lower their nutrient limits if nitrogen caps are imposed in the future. Former Scion Chief Executive Warren Parker said this means new technology, and intrinsically, more resource-wise, more efficient...

Weeds cost farmers billions of dollars a year – study

[20 July/ Radio NZ] AgResearch and Scion scientists have joined forces with Lincoln University Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit Economists to review published research on the cost of weeds to the pastoral, arable and forestry sectors. AgResearch Principal Scientist Graeme Bourdôt said they cost at least $1.6 billion annually, but it was likely to be...