• 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 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.
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    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.
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    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.
  • Veronica C
    Media Release 13 February 2015

    Bright sparks help fight fires

    The recent Onamalutu forest fire in Marlborough was brought under control by firefighters, aircraft and one scientist. Veronica Clifford from Scion’s Rural Fire Research Group, is an expert at predicting fire behaviour as well as being a rural volunteer firefighter.
  • test tubes
    Media Release 11 February 2015

    Scion becomes shareholder of KiwiNet research commercialisation consortium

    Crown Research Institute Scion has become a shareholding partner of the Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet), a consortium of Universities, Crown Research Institutes and Crown Entities dedicated to taking a collaborative approach to research commercialisation. 

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