• 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

  • Connections 17
    Scion Connections

    Scion Connections Issue 17, September 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.
  • Welhaus interior
    Media Release 16 September 2015

    Scion-sponsored award goes to innovative Beach Barn

    The NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards winners were announced last night with the Welhaus “Beach Barn” winning the new Scion-sponsored category, Novel Application of Wood Award.
  • NZIA finalist logo
    Media Release 10 September 2015

    Scion makes the finals in the NZ Innovators Awards

    Two Scion technologies are among the finalists in the New Zealand Innovators Awards 2015, announced today by the NZ Innovation Council.
  • seedling
    Media Release 3 September 2015

    Government funding for Scion research programmes

    Scion has been successful in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s 2015 Science Investment Round with two research proposals selected for funding.
  • LiDAR video
    New Scion video

    Atmospheric LiDAR

    Extensive trials took place in Kaingaroa Forest in autumn 2015 testing the effect of turbulence on deposition. Backscatter LiDAR was one of the technologies used to monitor the spray cloud.

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