• 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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What's New

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    Scion Connections

    Connections Issue 14 - December 2013

    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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    Congress papers published

    Third International Congress on Planted Forests

    Peer-reviewed papers from the Third International Congress on Planted Forests held in Europe in May 2013 have now been published in Scion’s journal the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science.
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    Field guide


    Now available in a user-friendly, small size format is the ‘Field assessment, control and identification of common foliage diseases of pine in New Zealand’ guide.
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    Media Release 4 November 2014

    Marsden funding boosts molecular motors research

    Scion scientist Katharine Challis has been awarded a Marsden Fast Start grant to explore how tiny molecular motors use energy.
  • Scion AR 2014 Highlights
    Media Release 1 October 2014

    Highly productive year for Scion

    Scion has reported a successful year in its Annual Report for the 12 months ending 30 June 2014.

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