ScienceNZ - The Value of Science Discovery
By working together New Zealand and Chinese scientists have enriched both countries' economies through advancements ranging from plant genetics, food security and safety, to stronger and better environmental practices
A unique Memorandum of Understanding signed last year between the Ministry for Primary Industries, Te Runanga o Ngāti Porou (TRONPnui) and Gisborne District Council (GDC) has marked the beginning of a long journey to restore the health of the Waiapu Catchment. The catchment, situated on New Zealand’s East Coast, is struggling to overcome years of landscape degradation, poverty and climate change, compromising the ability of local people to revitalise their existing way of life.
Ensuring products reach the consumer in the best possible shape is an ongoing challenge for the chilled goods supply chain, where paperboard packaging is constantly exposed to fluctuating humidity, causing it to absorb moisture and eventually fail. This results in costly product losses.
Shaping supply chains into value chains is something Dr Carel Bezuidenhout and his team excel in.
Human factors scientist Brionny Hooper helps individuals perform to the best of their ability while compensating for their natural limitations.
The AgPest website is a feature of the AgResearch display in the Mystery Creek Pavilion at this year's National Agricultural Fieldays.
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.
Keeping invasive pests out of forests should be a top priority for all countries according to Scion Principal Scientist, Dr Eckehard (Ecki) Brockerhoff. Ecki is co-author of a review on global biosecurity published recently in the prestigious journal, Science. In the review, Ecki and his co-authors from the University of Pretoria, stress the need for urgency in developing a global strategy to deal with pests in planted forests.
Scion’s support to industry’s diverse species programme has been boosted by Government investment of $5 million over the next seven years in a research partnership to create high-performance speciality wood products from trees other than radiata pine.
A unique collaborative effort is getting under way between Scion in New Zealand and VITO in Belgium to accelerate the development of functional bio-aromatic chemicals from lignin. This is part of a joint strategy by both organisations to accelerate innovation through adaption and co-invention of technology and by assembling world-leading teams.
An exploratory visit to Europe last year by scientists in our Manufacturing and Bioproducts Group is already paying dividends for at least two scientists.
The past financial year has been jam-packed with the development of clever gadgets to measure wood quality, exciting scientific discoveries of valuable chemicals hiding in bark and other tree tissues, and the arrival of new expertise in the areas of human factors, biotransformation and clean technologies.
Turbulence created by the ‘roughness’ of the forest canopy top is an important factor in calculating aerial spray deposition.
Drs Alex Hennebry, Wajid Waheed and Juan Rodriquez Gamir are currently undertaking post-doctoral research at Scion. For both Wajid and Juan, this has meant having to make huge changes in their lives, and relocating to New Zealand.