2012 Media Releases

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6 Dec 2012  Managing beeches for timber
The latest information about managing planted stands of native trees is available in the New Zealand Indigenous Tree Bulletin series. The focus of these bulletins is on growing for production as well as environmental, cultural and social objectives.

31 Oct 2012  Scion’s new labs officially opened
Today, the Minister of Science and Innovation, Hon Steven Joyce, officially opened a $5.5 million laboratory refurbishment at Scion’s Rotorua campus.

19 Oct 2012  Urban forestry offers benefits along Christchurch Lower Avon Corridor
Post quake land-use change in Christchurch provides unmatched opportunities for utilising trees in the urban environment, according to scientists from Crown Research Institute Scion.

8 Oct 2012  A rewarding year for Scion
Scion completed a successful first full year under the Crown Research Institute Taskforce reforms and is pleased with the new technologies and information released to the New Zealand forest industry over the past 12 months.

2 Oct 2012  New web based tool supports land use decision making
Crown Research Institute Scion is working with key agricultural partners to develop a tool called “MyLand” which will help farmers and growers make good long-term decisions about their land use.

31 Jul 2012  The University of Waikato and Scion sign agreement to work together
Scion and the University of Waikato have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the two organisations working together in research and teaching and to enhance their contribution to the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, iwi and New Zealand.

21 Jun 2012  Smartphones used to fight wildfires
Spades and hoses are not the only things that rural firefighters can use to fight wildfires; thanks to Crown Research Institute Scion, they can also use their smartphones.

19 Jun 2012  Putting the good oil on wood
Scientists at Rotorua’s Crown Research Institute, Scion, have been testing ways to prevent the growth of mould in homes and preserve timber using natural treatments.

11 Jun 2012  Scion celebrates 20 years of service to the rural fire sector
Crown Research Institute Scion will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its fire research programme at the 4th Fire Research Workshop in Rotorua on 14-15 June.

17 May 2012  "Fascination of Plants Day" Celebrated on May 18th
New Zealanders are being urged to get up close and personal with plants this week as the first ever ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ is celebrated around the world.

13 Apr 2012  Scion’s Field Trial Deliberately Destroyed
A field trial of genetically modified radiata pine trees planted in a secure site at Scion’s Rotorua campus was deliberately destroyed during the long Easter weekend.

13 Mar 2012  A bio energy powered future
Key players in the global explosion of discoveries and interest in technologies that will fast track the development of affordable bio-based products, including bio fuels, will be in New Zealand this year for ABIC 2012.