• 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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  • AR 2016
    Media Release 12 October 2016

    Scion Annual Report highlights science value to customers

    Today, Crown research institute Scion released its annual report, which presents a very successful year in creating science impact and financial performance.
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    Scion Connections

    Scion Connections Issue 21, September 2016

    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.
  • Dr Warren Grigsby
    Media Release 16 September 2016

    NZBIO award for new ‘green’ glue for wood products

    Scion’s environmentally-friendly bioadhesives technology was awarded Biotechnology of the Year at NZBIO’s annual conference yesterday.
  • Warren Parker
    Media Release 16 September 2016

    Scion CEO to retire in early 2017

    Scion CEO Dr Warren Parker is to retire once his replacement is in place at the Rotorua headquartered Crown Research Institute. A search for his replacement is underway.
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    Media Release 14 September 2016

    Success in funding round

    Three Scion research proposals will receive investment totalling $10.75 million over five years through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment 2016 Endeavour Fund.

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