• Creating bioplastics from kiwifruit residue.
  • Bioadhesives could open markets for wood panel products.
  • Torrefied wood is a light, energy-dense bioenergy solution.
  • Measuring fast-growing kauri for their forestry potential.
  • Valuing our forests for more than timber production.
  • Biosecurity efforts helped eradicate White Spotted Tussock Moth.
  • Tissue culture for mass propagation of conifers.
  • Industrially-friendly wood fibres to reinforce plastics.

Scion is a Crown Research Institute dedicated to improving the international competitiveness of the New Zealand forest industry and building a stronger biobased economy.


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Scion's vision: Prosperity from trees

Our vision story: Maori legend tells how a mighty tree created a world that people could live in by pushing the sky and land apart. At Scion, we know that trees create more than just a liveable world, they create a prosperous one.

What's New

  • Glenn
    6 July 2016

    Passing on the passion for science

    Students from five secondary schools from around Rotorua have been given a hands on tour of Scion labs today, in a move to further spark their growing interest in science.
  • droplet
    Media Release 1 July 2016

    Scion joins ‘Brilliant’ to showcase its IP globally

    Scion can now promote its intellectual property on ‘Brilliant’, an online portal for innovative clean technologies established by Belgium-based, cleantech research organisation VITO.
  • KiwiNet awards
    Media Release 1 July 2016

    Scion a winner in the 2016 KiwiNet Awards

    Scion and licensing partner Sonae Indústria have won a KiwiNet Award for their partnership to commercialise a new wood reinforced plastic product that could be used in cars, appliances and a range of consumer products.
  • seedling
    PreSeed investment increase for Scion

    Media release 29 June 2016

    Scion has received a funding boost from the Government’s PreSeed Accelerator Fund (PSAF) announced yesterday by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce. 
  • nzfp
    News update

    Forest Portal Launched

    The New Zealand Planted Forests Portal, www.nzplantedforests.org, was launched at the National Fieldays by Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew.

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