• 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

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    SCI 2015-2020

    Scion's Statement of Corporate Intent

    We are pleased to present Scion’s 2015-20 Statement of Corporate Intent (SCI). Building on last year’s SCI we set out Scion’s strategy, science and innovation plan, and investment priorities and describe how Scion will fulfil its Statement of Core Purpose.
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    Media Release 14 July 2015

    International forestry geneticists head to Rotorua

    Registrations have opened for a forest genetics conference in Rotorua next March that is expected to attract around 200 delegates from all over the world.
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    Scion Connections

    Scion Connections Issue 16, June 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 11 June 2015

    Scion/VITO collaboration – from lignin to bioproducts

    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.
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    Government and industry work together to build high value wood exports

    The new government funding awarded to a Future Forests Research (FFR) led programme is a significant boost to creating a high-value specialty wood products industry from planted forest species other than radiata pine.

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