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Science New Zealand

Welcome to Science New Zealand. It represents the seven Crown Research Institutes: the power of 3,600 people advancing ideas and delivering results for New Zealand through excellent science and technology.

Last year, government, business, sectors and communities invested $636 million with the Crown Research Institutes.

From environment to trade, agriculture to manufacturing, in niche technologies and with leading edge science, the Crown Research Institutes identify, respond to and solve science-based challenges affecting our lives today and tomorrow.

Throughout New Zealand and across the globe, their ideas, insights and connections are shaping new thinking and practical action.

Discover their stories, the results and the possibilities. The snippets click to external sites. We try to keep links current for 90 days.

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ScienceNZ - The Value of Science Discovery

New Value

Calling all citizen scientists

A smartphone app has been developed to give the public a new way to report sightings of eucalyptus pests.

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Massive mudslides in Kaikōura Canyon destroy seabed life

Huge mudslides from November's earthquakes have wiped out all organisms living in the seabed of the Kaikoura Canyon.

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Environmental radiation monitoring in Hong Kong

Proton beams are used for cancer treatment like traditional irradiation facilities. Their advantage is that they can be focused with greater accuracy and therefore cause less side effects for patients

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Novel approach wins research funding

Engineered water systems including plumbing, drinking-water, water tanks, spas and cooling towers, are known to harbour Legionella pneumophila which can cause severe pneumonia (5 –30% death rate)

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NZ to benefit from new science links to China

AgResearch intends to form a joint international research centre with China's largest state-owned food company and largest university research department specialising in food science and nutrition.

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Real-Time Identification of Designer Drugs

With internet access widening the scope of drug sources, a new threat has emerged over recent years with the introduction of designer drugs

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New international science links to benefit New Zealand

New relationships forged between AgResearch and key overseas science organisations will provide a host of valuable opportunities for New Zealand

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How do we value forest ecosystem services?

New Zealand’s green image is an integral part of our identity, adding value to both our exports and tourism. Our forests contribute to this image by providing a range of ecosystem services such as habitat, water quality, carbon sequestration, erosion prevention and recreation, the value of which is not well established.

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Packaging – more than meets the eye

Scion’s WHITE room can test up to 25 corrugated boxes under accelerated conditions.

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Manuka as a tree crop

Kiwis have grown up with mānuka honey and tea tree oil but these humble household items are fast becoming a multi-million dollar forest industry for New Zealand.

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New Vision Mātauranga projects for GNS Science

GNS Science has been awarded funding to focus on Aotea, a rare rock containing the blue mineral kyanite

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Earth science showcase set for Te Papa in mid-July

Hunting for dinosaur remains, learning about pounamu occurrence in the South Island, and looking after groundwater and geothermal resources will be among the earth science topics discussed at a day-long seminar at Te Papa on 14 July

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NIWA will assess the potential of large brown seaweeds

NIWA is seeking citizen scientists to help it document large brown seaweeds in New Zealand as indicators of environmental change

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Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund

GNS Science has won a total of $127,000 for three projects in the 2016 round of the government's Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund

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Research to set NZ sheep milk apart

New Zealand's sheep milk industry is set to benefit from ground breaking research by AgResearch

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Our Land and Water National Science Challenge launched

Enhancing New Zealand's primary sector economic contributions while improving our environment is the aim of the newest National Science Challenge

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Building the health capabilities of berries

Science and business strategies for developing the health-promoting benefits of berry fruits

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'Fresh Facts' shows export growth for New Zealand horticulture

New Zealand's horticulture sector remains a stand out success within the primary industries

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New Thinking

Hungry helpers beat weeds and save country millions

Waikato dairy and beef farmer Steve Fagan was sceptical, to say the least, when tiny beetles were released on his farm about 25 years ago to control ragwort.

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Cultural Heritage Visualisation - Te Rererunga

ESR has worked in partnership with Ngāti Rangitihi and Blue Cube Consulting to create a prototype Cultural Heritage Visualisation platform as a 3D record of marae

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Huge savings for economy from humble wasp

AgResearch estimates a humble Irish wasp has saved New Zealand almost half a billion dollars

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Wool as a `last line of defence’ for armed forces and emergency services

AgResearch scientists have been putting the heat on wool garments to see what level of fire protection they can provide

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Novel microbial seed treatments protect wheat seedlings from insect damage

AgResearch scientists are following promising leads to identify effective environmentally benign microbial seed treatments for use by arable farmers

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Containing the spread of hitchhiking pests

The past 50 or so years has seen a dramatic change in the volume, and mode, of international trade. Not only has the volume escalated substantially, but around 90% of it is carried by sea, mostly in containers.

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Fuelling a greener economy

A report released recently by the Royal Society of New Zealand calls on New Zealanders to take action against rising greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to curb global warming. New Zealand’s emissions are well above average for developed countries, and steadily rising.

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New Zealand reaches climate change milestone

NIWA atmospheric researchers run a Clean Air Monitoring Station at Baring Head and have been closely watching the carbon dioxide readings as they edged towards a significant threshold

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Urgent need for a global strategy on forest health

A review of global biosecurity undertaken by Scion Principal Scientist Dr Eckehard (Ecki) Brockerhoff and colleagues from the University of Pretoria highlights the urgent need for a global biosecurity strategy for planted forests.

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New Science

Smoke gets in your eyes

Smoke from wildfires can have a serious health impact for some members of the public, even if they are far away from the flames. Scion science is supporting the response to the Port Hills fire burning in Canterbury.

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Smart Ideas Fund for new DNA tracer

A new project is underway to develop a new environmentally safe tool for simultaneously tracking multiple water contamination sources and pathways

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Finding sustainable solutions to clean our water

A 3-year project aims to pilot an in-stream woodchip denitrifying bioreactor to remove nitrogen from drainage water on agricultural land

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Enhancing forest productivity with soil sciences

Our ability to understand and manage the links between soil properties and forest productivity is being expanded by the “Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future” (GCFF) programme.

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Scientists to record marine mammals for first time in New Zealand

The sounds made by whales and dolphins as they pass through New Zealand's Cook Strait are to be recorded for the first time

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Seafloor scientific investigation off NZ coast to start next year

Scientists from across the world will come to New Zealand in 2017 and 2018 to participate in a series of unprecedented investigations into the seafloor using a specially designed scientific drilling ship

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New study increases health evidence for kiwifruit consumption

Plant & Food Research has found that consumption of Kiwifruit may significantly slow and reduce the uptake of sugars into the bloodstream

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Fund is catalyst for international collaborations

An exploratory visit to Europe last year by scientists in our Manufacturing and Bioproducts Group is already paying dividends for at least two scientists.

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Crown Research Institutes

  • AgResearch logo.
  • Plant and Food Research logo.
  • ESR logo. GNS Science logo.
  • Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua logo.
  • NIWA logo.
  • SCION logo.

Crown Agent

  • Callaghan Innovation logo.

Subsidiaries, associates, joint ventures

  • Enviro-Mark Solutions
  • Biopolymer Network
  • BioPacific Ventures
  • Atlastech
  • PhytaGro, Inc
  • EnCoate
  • Veritec
  • grasslanz
  • Clone International
  • Virtual Institute of Statistical Genetics
  • VARNZ Ltd
  • National Land Resource Centre (NLRC)
  • Grasslands Innovation
  • farmax
  • Prevar
  • EcoGene