• 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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    Forecasts for the Port Hills fire

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    Smoke from wildfires can have a serious health impact for some members of the public, even if they are far from the flames. Scion science is supporting the response to the Port Hills fire burning in Canterbury, which is generating smoke that has travelled as far north to Rangiora and south to Ashburton.
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    Handwashing survey

    Biowaste survey underway

    The Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research (CIBR) is conducting a study on consumer preferences for hand-wash soap.
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    Media Release 19 December 2016

    New Chief Executive Appointment for Scion

    Chairman of the Scion Board, Tony Nowell, today announced the appointment of Dr Julian Elder as the Crown Research Institute’s incoming Chief Executive.
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    Scion Connections

    Scion Connections Issue 22, December 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.
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    New video

    Automated scanning of wood properties with Scion’s DiscBot

    Developed and built in-house, the DiscBot uses a robot to move sawn wood discs past different energy sources to extract information on the wood's chemical makeup, density, spiral grain angle and microfibril angle.

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