• 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

  • Signing group photo
    Joint Media Release – Bay Of Plenty Regional Council and Scion - 8 April 2014

    Scion innovation centre funding signed off

    Scion and Bay of Plenty Regional Council have signed an agreement to build an innovation centre at Scion’s Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park. The centre’s purpose is to foster innovation in forestry and wood processing industries.
  • Scion tree robot
    Media Release 21 March 2014

    Scion tree robot receives national recognition

    A remote controlled tree-to-tree ‘swinging’ robot designed to improve the safety of steepland forestry has been recognised with a national engineering award from the Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ).
  • Connections Issue 11
    Scion Connections

    Connections Issue 11 - March 2014

    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.
  • Bio-Protection logo
    Media Release 6 March 2014

    Scion joins Bio-Protection Research Centre

    The Bio-Protection Research Centre (BPRC) is pleased to announce that the Crown Research Institute Scion has become a partner in the Centre.
  • Forest Protection Annual Science Report 2013
    Forest Protection Annual Science Report 2013

    Forest Protection Annual Science Report 2013

    A summary of New Zealand forest biosecurity and rural fire research carried out by Scion in 2013.

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