• 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.

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    Radiata pine forests in New Zealand produce large clouds of pollen every year. This pollen may cause concern for people who suffer from allergies.
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    News update

    Soft Pines bulletin published

    Publication of The Soft Pines bulletin marks the completion of a 19 part series on introduced forest trees.
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    SCI 2016-2021

    SCI 2016-2021

    We are pleased to present Scion’s 2016-2021 Statement of Corporate Intent, which sets out strategy and deliverables in relation to key stakeholders of the New Zealand forest industry and biomaterials sector.
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    6 July 2016

    Passing on the passion for science

    Students from five secondary schools from around Rotorua have been given a hands on tour of Scion labs today, in a move to further spark their growing interest in science.
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    Media Release 1 July 2016

    Scion joins ‘Brilliant’ to showcase its IP globally

    Scion can now promote its intellectual property on ‘Brilliant’, an online portal for innovative clean technologies established by Belgium-based, cleantech research organisation VITO.

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