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New Thinking

A boost for business

IRL recently announced it would help nine New Zealand firms get products to market faster and with much lower development costs through the IRL Co-Investment Programme.


Dr Andrew West elected RSNZ Companion

Former AgResearch CEO and Chair of Science New Zealand recognised for outstanding leadership in science, and contributions to the promotion and advancement of science and technology in New Zealand.


New Ministry welcomed

Science New Zealand chairman John Morgan says the Ministry of Science & Innovation puts new energy and determination into the most critical partnership for New Zealand's future.


The 12 Days of Christmas at AgResearch

AgResearch’s singing scientist Dr Matthew Barnett has followed his success with the “Epigenome Song”, and the "I Love Fibre" song, with a version of “The 12 Days of Christmas”.


New Scion CEO Appointed

The current head of the Christchurch-based CRI, Landcare Research Ltd, Dr Warren Parker has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Forest Research Ltd, trading as Scion.


Income slows for Crown Research Institutes

Crown research institutes (CRIs) recorded an increase in operating income of 1.5 percent for the year ended 30 June 2010. The largest contributor to income was government revenue (research funding), which was offset by a decrease in (commercial) sales.


Look to Antarctica says Gluckman

Our Antarctic work may be a model for how New Zealand should be doing science, says the PMCSA. It’s about thinking differently, not being wrapped up in big science, and bringing lots of different disciplines together to do leading science.


IRL chief praises Resene for sustainability win

IRL Chief Executive Shaun Coffey congratulates Resene on winning the top prize at the NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards.


CRIs’ SCP on web

The Statements of Core Purpose for each CRI can be found here on the MORST website


IRL Chief gets Thomson Medal

RSNZ honours Shaun Coffey for “outstanding and inspirational leadership” in science management and wealth generation on both sides of the Tasman.


New Science

New Value

Announcing new Industry Research and Outreach Fellowships

IRL recognises a need to link leading-edge science and technology to address future challenges facing New Zealand and to deliver economic growth. This has led to the establishment of an initial offering of five Industry Research and Outreach Fellowships to lead development and application.


Earnings from NZ's horticultural industries exceed $6 billion

Figures from Plant & Food Research show fruit, vegetables, wine and flowers were worth more than $6 billion exports and domestic spend in the year to 30 June 2009, up around $470m on 2008.


Chief Scientist named in New Year Honours list

Plant & Food Research Chief Scientist, Dr Ian Ferguson, was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to horticultural science in the 2010 New Year Honours list


Plant & Food Research Scientist recognised by arable industry.

The Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) has named Plant & Food Research scientist, Dr Mark Goodwin, as the 2009 Researcher of the Year, for the pollination research that he and his team have carried out over recent years.


$35.7 million investment in kiwifruit research consortium

The Hon Dr Wayne Mapp, Minister of Research Science and Technology, has announced a $35.7 million dollar investment into a seven-year ZESPRI/Plant & Food Research programme to develop new kiwifruit varieties.


CRIs benefit New Zealand

Annual Reports show diversity of ways in which the 8 Crown Research Institutes are at the heart of New Zealand’s science effort, advancing ideas and delivering solutions.


Bee researcher recognised for contribution to science

Dr Mark Goodwin, a scientist at Plant & Food Research, has been awarded a New Zealand Science and Technology Medal for his work on honey bees and crop pollination practices.


Science there to develop stand-out products

Plant & Food Research Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Bruce Campbell, talks company strategy and discusses the increased alignment between science and industry.


Visit highlights opportunity for sustainable partnership

Plant & Food Research was honoured to today receive a visit from His Excellency Mr Nong Duc Manh, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.


Breeding apples with red flesh

Dr Richard Espley, a molecular biologist at Plant & Food Research, has been named one of the MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year for his work in apple genetics.


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Subsidiaries, associates, joint ventures

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