2015 Media Releases

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9 Dec 2015  New Zealand Biofuels Roadmap takes off
A Scion initiative to understand the true potential of a biofuels future for New Zealand has attracted serious players from industry, government and sector interest groups plus the research community.

27 Oct 2015  Terax technology wins awards for innovation in sustainability and cleantech
Terax technology wins awards for innovation in sustainability and cleantech New bio-waste technology developed in Rotorua has been recognised with an award.

23 Oct 2015  Near extinct native plant returned to iwi
A native plant nursed back from the brink of extinction at Scion is today being returned to iwi at an official ceremony in Rotorua.

19 Oct 2015  Fire research burns planned at Pukaki Downs Station
Experimental burns on wilding conifers are being carried out by scientists from Scion and the University of Canterbury and supported by Canterbury rural firefighters, near Twizel this week. The burns were planned for April this year, but had to be postponed due to wet weather.

14 Oct 2015  Scion Annual Report highlights forestry role in regional growth
Today, Crown research institute Scion released its annual report, which highlights research that will increase the contribution of planted forests to national and regional economic development.

16 Sep 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.

10 Sep 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.

4 Sep 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.

21 Aug 2015  A global strategy needed for forest health and biosecurity
Maintaining successful biosecurity systems is vital for protecting our forests assert the authors of a review published today in the prestigious journal “Science”.

14 Jul 2015  International forestry geneticists head to Rotorua
Registrations have opened for a forest genetics conference in Rotorua next March that is expected to attract around 200 delegates from all over the world.

11 Jun 2015  Scion/VITO collaboration – from lignin to bioproducts
A unique collaborative effort is getting under way between Scion in New Zealand and VITO in Belgium to accelerate the development of functional bio-aromatic chemicals from lignin. This is part of a joint strategy by both organisations to accelerate innovation through adaption and co-invention of technology and by assemble world-leading teams.

20 May 2015  Government and industry work together to build high value wood exports
The new government funding awarded to a Future Forests Research (FFR) led programme is a significant boost to creating a high-value specialty wood products industry from planted forest species other than radiata pine.

12 May 2015  Transforming the properties of lignin in softwoods
Radiata pine that is easier to process into pulp and biofuel is one step closer thanks to a team of Scion biotechnologists working in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

10 Apr 2015  Lone Pine trees dispatched to mark ANZAC centenary
Descendants of the Gallipoli Peninsula’s Lone Pine have left Scion for destinations around New Zealand for planting at events associated with ANZAC Day centenary commemorations.

13 Feb 2015  Bright sparks help fight fires
The recent Onamalutu forest fire in Marlborough was brought under control by firefighters, aircraft and one scientist. Veronica Clifford from Scion’s Rural Fire Research Group, is an expert at predicting fire behaviour as well as being a rural volunteer firefighter.

11 Feb 2015  Scion becomes shareholder of KiwiNet research commercialisation consortium
Crown Research Institute Scion has become a shareholding partner of the Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet), a consortium of Universities, Crown Research Institutes and Crown Entities dedicated to taking a collaborative approach to research commercialisation.

14 Jan 2015  What do Fire Danger Signs Mean
Summertime and the living is easy, fish are jumping and the fire danger is high. But what do the familiar roadside fire danger signs really mean?