• 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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Gallipoli Lone Pine

In 2015, Scion gifted descendants of the Gallipoli Peninsula’s Lone Pine to RSAs around the country to commemorate the centenary of the Anzac campaign.


What's New

  • E. Regnans
    Breaking News

    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.
  • Pine tracheary elements
    Media Release 12 May 2015

    Transforming the properties of lignin in softwoods

    Radiata pine that is easier to process into pulp and biofuel is one step closer thanks to a team of Scion biotechnologists working in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Gallipoli pine
    Media Release 10 April 2015

    Lone Pine trees dispatched to mark ANZAC centenary

    Descendants of the Gallipoli Peninsula’s Lone Pine have left Scion for destinations around New Zealand for planting at events associated with ANZAC Day centenary commemorations.
  • Connections issue 15 cover
    Scion Connections

    Scion Connections Issue 15 - March 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.
  • FP annual report 2014 cover
    Forest Protection Annual Report 2014

    An exceptional year for forest protection research

    From breeding beetles and bugs to fighting fire with software, Scion’s Forest Protection Team is a diverse group of scientists.

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