• 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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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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    Media Release 12 May 2016

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    Scion Connections

    Scion Connections Issue 19, March 2016

    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 14 March 2016

    International forest science experts in Rotorua focus on new technologies to boost sector

    World leading experts in tree genetics are in Rotorua this week for a conference focused on how new technologies, such as genomics and remote sensing, have the potential to boost productivity in the forestry sector.
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    Scion Paua biobased solution video wins at international conference

    A video produced by Scion featuring paua shells blended with sustainable plastics has won the people’s choice award at the ECO-BIO 2016 conference in the Netherlands.
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    Media Release 7 March 2016

    Huge potential in deal between Scion and Finland research & tech company

    A research collaboration agreement signed by Scion and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland gives New Zealand better access to global opportunities in the bioeconomy says Scion CEO Warren Parker.

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