• 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

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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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    Scion Connections

    Connections Issue 13 - September 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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    Media Release 2 September 2014

    Insect infestations halved with adoption of international standard

    International science collaboration shows insect infestations of trees are halved with the adoption of an international invasive species standard, preventing billions of dollars in future damages.

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