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  • 02
    2015 International Year of Soils Seminar Series

    soils logo The importance of soil science research in New Zealand is amply demonstrated by the wide range of soils related research that is currently being carried out at various institutions in the Canterbury region.

    This series of 10 weekly seminars in September, October and November this year seeks to highlight the scope and quality of this research.

    Open to all comers, free, and no need to register – just turn up.


    Commerce Lecture Room 1 (C1) – Lincoln University


    Fridays  3.00 - 4.00 pm (11 September to 13 November)


    11 September:  Steve Wakelin [AgResearch]
    Soils: a key reservoir of life on Earth - what we know and don’t know.

    18 September:  Jen Owens [AGLS Lincoln University]
    Evaluating soil oxygen as a determining factor in nitrous oxide emissions.

    25 September:  David Hawke [CPIT]
    Mobilisation of selenium on the South Island West Coast.

    02 October:  Simeon Smaill [SCION]
    Supporting sustainable intensification in the New Zealand forestry industry.

    09 October:  Andre Eger [Landcare Research]
    Extending the vertical perspective on Earth’s skin – soils within the Critical Zone framework.

    16 October:  Ian Dickie [BPRC Lincoln University]
    Plants, soil biota, and ecosystem development.

    23 October:  Gwen Grelet [Landcare Research]
    Ericoid root symbioses and soil carbon cycling.

    30 October:  Brendon Malcolm [Plant and Food Research]
    Options to reduce nitrate leaching losses from agricultural soils.

    06 November:  Amy Whitely [AGLS Lincoln University]
    Soil acidity and aluminium toxicity in New Zealand soils.

    13 November:  Nicole Schon [AgResearch]
    Earthworms and soil function.


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  • 28
    MAPNet 2015
    The MapNet organising committee are pleased to announce that the 10th anniversary of MAPNET will be hosted by Scion and LIC and held at Scion, Rotorua on the 28th – 30th October 2015. Registration is expected to start at approximately 3.00pm on Wed 28th, with the meeting commencing at 4pm with guest speaker(s), followed by a poster session with drinks and nibbles. Day 2 will largely comprise scientific presentations, with a practical workshop on day 3, finishing mid-afternoon.

    Information about registration, costs, programme, abstract submission and accommodation suggestions will be made available as those details are finalised.  

    We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

    For more information, please contact

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  • 19
    The 4th Forest Ecosystem Services National Forum

    FES 2015 banner


    What: The 4th Forest Ecosystem Services National Forum
    Where: Te Papa, Wellington
    When:  Tuesday 19 May 2015, 9 am – 4:15 pm
    Cost: $50 (includes catering)

    The theme for the forum this year is “Forest ecosystem services – integrating forestry in the landscape with other primary sectors”.

    Forest ecosystem services are the contributions forests make to prosperity and human wellbeing such as timber, carbon sequestration, recreation, biodiversity and improved water quality. The benefit of timber is widely known and, increasingly, the economic, environmental and social benefits of the other services from forests are being recognised by governments, businesses, and societies.

    This year’s forum will consider the role that planted forests play in the landscape and their interactions with other primary sector land uses, from creating a business portfolio on farms, to reducing bank erosion and sedimentation, to providing shade and shelter for livestock. The positive and negative impacts of forestry on other ecosystems (e.g., biodiversity corridors between conservation forests, flood mitigation, and reduction in water yield) will also be touched on. We will also discuss relevant policies and how they relate to forestry, current examples, and future directions for forest ecosystem services. The final session of the Forum will take the shape of a workshop session on “Making the Most of Trees for Other Primary Industries” where participants can contribute their ideas for encouraging investment in planted forests for not only the purposes of providing timber but also the range of forest ecosystem services

    We expect to have about 60 participants mostly from across New Zealand including representatives from national government agencies, regional councils, forest industry, research organisations and academic institutions.

    The workshop fee is $50 and includes catering. Presentations of the previous FES forums in 2012-2014 are also available.

    The Agenda is available from the GCFF website.

    Register Now 

    For enquiries regarding the forum programme please contact:
    Richard Yao (Scion):, Ph 07 343 5747.


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  • 14
    Forest Genetics for Productivity Conference
    Scion is proud to host an IUFRO Division 2 (Physiology and Genetics) conference in 2016 in our home city of Rotorua, New Zealand.

    In the unique setting of Rotorua we offer you a conference experience to remember. World-renowned as a tourist and conference destination Rotorua is famous for its natural geothermal wonders, beautiful lakes, outdoor pursuits and centre of Māori culture.

    The five-day conference includes a full day field trip, partner programme and a post-conference tour to the South Island, which finishes in Queenstown, another top tourist destination.

    This conference will be sponsored by a number of IUFRO groups:
    Unit 2.02.20 - Breeding and Genetic Resources of Southern Pines
    Unit 2.02.02 - Breeding theory and progeny testing
    Unit 2.02.05 - Breeding and genetic resources of Pacific Northwest conifers
    Unit 2.04.06 - Molecular Biology of Forest Trees

    Research topics for the conference are:
    •    Breeding productive and resilient forests
    •    Finding the synergies in genotype, environment and silviculture
    •    Genomics and phenomics

    This conference is for academics, scientists, molecular and quantitative geneticists, silvicultural scientists interested in genetics, national, regional and international governmental organisations and industry stakeholders, as well as geneticists from sectors outside forestry.

    Anyone who is interested in open dialogue on how to maximise productivity as well as those interested in the application of new technologies, particular genomics and remote sensing, to the development of genetically improved trees, should attend.  

    The forest genetics team at Scion looks forward to welcoming you to New Zealand.

    Visit the FGPC2016 website for more information

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July 2015

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