• 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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What's New

  • Media Release 14 January 2015

    What do Fire Danger Signs Mean?

    Summertime and the living is easy, fish are jumping and the fire danger is high. But what do the familiar roadside fire danger signs really mean?
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    Scion Connections

    Connections Issue 14 - December 2013

    Scion Connections is a quarterly newsletter that aims to keep you up-to-date with our key science success stories and discoveries and to connect you with our people and capabilities.
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    Congress papers published

    Third International Congress on Planted Forests

    Peer-reviewed papers from the Third International Congress on Planted Forests held in Europe in May 2013 have now been published in Scion’s journal the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science.
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    Field guide


    Now available in a user-friendly, small size format is the ‘Field assessment, control and identification of common foliage diseases of pine in New Zealand’ guide.
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    Media Release 4 November 2014

    Marsden funding boosts molecular motors research

    Scion scientist Katharine Challis has been awarded a Marsden Fast Start grant to explore how tiny molecular motors use energy.

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