• 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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    Media Release 19 May 2017

    Planting significant trees for Fascination of Plants Day and Scion’s 70th year

    Yesterday afternoon, 18 May 2017, Scion hosted a ceremonial planting of a Gallipoli pine and a Wollemi pine.
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    Media Release 18 May 2017

    Scion scientist finalist in 2017 KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Award

    Scion scientist Dr Saad Hussain has been selected as a finalist in the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards designed to celebrate commercialisation success within New Zealand’s universities and Crown research institutes.
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    Media Release 18 April 2017

    Scion celebrates 70 years of science

    This year is Scion’s 70th Anniversary. It was April 1947 when the then State Forest Service established a Forest Experiment Station beside the existing nursery at Whakarewarewa Forest.
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    Scion Connections

    Scion Connections Issue 23, April 2017

    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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    Media Release 20 March 2017

    Celebrating forests

    Tomorrow is the International Day of Forests, a day celebrated annually on 21 March to recognise and promote the many benefits that forests bring to our lives.

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