• 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.

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    Media Release 25 January 2016

    Students have a hand in biocontrol

    For Waikato University science students Elise Peters and Mike Davy their summer holiday job at Scion in Rotorua will probably go down as one of the more memorable.
  • Alison Stewart
    Media Release 19 January 2016

    Scion appoints new forest science leader

    Scion has announced the appointment of Emeritus Professor Alison Stewart to the role of General Manager Forest Science.
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    Scion Connections

    Scion Connections Issue 18, December 2015

    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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    Media Release 9 December 2015

    New Zealand Biofuels Roadmap takes off

    A Scion initiative to understand the true potential of a biofuels future for New Zealand has attracted serious players from industry, government and sector interest groups plus the research community.
  • Rob Lei
    Media Release 27 October 2015

    Terax technology wins awards for innovation in sustainability and cleantech

    New bio-waste technology developed in Rotorua has been recognised with an award.

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