• 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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  • Lyall Thurston and Rob Trass
    Media Release 21 July 2014

    Scion innovation centre designers selected

    Scion has chosen the architects for an innovation centre to be at its Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park. The successful proposal was submitted by RTA Studio and Irving Smith Jack Architects who paired up to put together a concept for the building.
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    Media Release 1 July 2014

    Website provides access to bioresource processing technology

    The Bioresource Processing Alliance’s (BPA) new website provides a gateway to some of New Zealand’s top scientists, engineers and economic specialists in biological resource processing.
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    Scion Connections

    Connections Issue 12 - June 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.
  • GCFF logo
    Breaking news

    GCFF website launched

    A new website has been developed by Scion to provide essential information for the 6-year Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future (GCFF) research programme. See the website at www.scionresearch.com/gcff.  The website will be updated regularly with events, a newsletter and research updates. It currently also contains a link to the GCFF kick-off conference and the draft agenda.  Another important function is a ‘subscribe’ link where anyone can sign up for our 6-monthly GCFF newsletters and announcement of upcoming events.
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    Media Release 22 May 2014

    Innovation stifled by High Court decision

    Crown Research Institute Scion says that the recent High Court decision concerning new plant breeding technologies demonstrates that the 15-year old legislation and regulations covering genetically modified organisms are seriously deficient.

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