2007 Media Releases

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2013  Scientists aim to improve wastewater
Cleaner wastewater entering New Zealand’s waterways is the vision of two scientists at Rotorua Crown Research Institute Scion, and their work is a step closer thanks to scholarships received by the pair.

18 Dec 2007  Scion wins MAF contract to carbon footprint forest
Crown Research Institute Scion has been awarded a Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) contract to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or the carbon footprint, of the entire forestry industry supply chain.

7 Dec 2007  Scion Scholarship will help budding scientist
Budding scientist Blanche Edwards has been given a helping hand towards her future science career, thanks to a scholarship from Rotorua-based Crown Research Institute, Scion.

7 Dec 2007  NZ and Argentina forestry scientists to collaborate on climate change
New Zealand and Argentina forestry scientists have agreed to collaborate on a study of the impacts of climate change on southern hemisphere beech (Nothofagus) forests. The collaborative research programme was announced between New Zealand Crown Research Institute Scion and Argentina’s Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) in Buenos Aires last week.

29 Nov 2007  Scion to Assist Fonterra to Measure and Monitor Carbon Footprint
Fonterra today announced the appointment of the University of New South Wales, Scion and AgResearch to measure the dairy co-operative’s carbon footprint of its major products.

5 Nov 2007  Dairy conversions of plantation forests threaten native species
Land conversion to dairy farming could threaten some of New Zealand’s native plants and birds if it isn’t done carefully, says a biodiversity scientist.

9 Oct 2007  Study shows wood pellet burners improve air quality in Rotorua
With nightly winter fires nearly over for 2007, Rotorua home owners are being urged to consider switching to clean burning wood pellet burners before next winter.

8 Oct 2007  Applications open for 2007 Scion Suffrage Centennial Scholarship
Crown Research Institute Scion has extended the entry criteria for its annual Suffrage Centennial Scholarship. The 2007 scholarship has just been launched.

4 Oct 2007  New CEO appointed to lead Future Forests Research
Future Forests Research Ltd (FFR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Russell Dale as Chief Executive Officer for the newly formed management company.

4 Oct 2007  Forestry attracts major funding boost for research
A new entity known as Future Forests Research Ltd (FFR), formed by the New Zealand forest industry and Crown Research Institute, Scion, is driving a major expansion in forestry research activity.

17 Sep 2007  CSIRO and Scion recommit to Ensis
New Zealand Crown Research Institute Scion and Australia’s CSIRO have confirmed their commitment to continue their science collaboration, developed through their joint venture Ensis, in the forest and forest industries research domain. Ensis has been in operation since 2004.

11 Sep 2007  Rotorua scientist receives Marsden Fund award
A Rotorua scientist has received a prestigious Marsden Fund award for his work investigating how inanga (or whitebait) maintain their internal equilibrium during their transition through waters of differing salt levels.

20 Jun 2007  Research looks at native trees and carbon emissions
Are our native trees adding to or reducing New Zealand’s carbon emissions? That’s the question Rotorua scientists are hoping to answer with one of their current research projects.

31 May 2007  Rotorua Scientist Wins Travel Award
Dr Christine Todoroki - a senior scientist with Ensis, the unincorporated joint venture between Crown Research Institute Scion in Rotorua, and Australia’s CSIRO - will spend three weeks in the United States. Initially, she will present a paper at a conference in Oregon on her research into mathematical modelling of timber quality.

27 Mar 2007  Rotorua Scientist Wins Prestigious Award
Rotorua scientist Russell Burton, from Crown Research Institute Scion, has been recognised for his contribution to advancing chemical engineering knowledge in New Zealand, and service to the bioprocessing industries.

15 Mar 2007  Solving Leaky Homes at Science in the Park
The public will get a rare insight from leading scientists into why the leaky home situation happened and how it might be avoided in the future at Science in the Park in Rotorua later this month.

11 Mar 2007  Learn from lemonade at Science in the Park
Lemonade and factory wastewater don't sound related – but if you come to Scion's Science in the Park later this month you might just learn about a common process linking the two.

7 Feb 2007  Online calculators help sawmillers utilise wood-waste for energy
New Zealand sawmillers are being encouraged to find economic value in wood waste, with the help of a range of online bioenergy calculators.

31 Jan 2007  Gorse destroying water quality
Gorse could be destroying the quality of our water and action must be taken now to rid the country of the noxious weed, says a senior scientist involved in a Rotorua study on the weed.

24 Jan 2007  Helping Future Victims of Rural Fire
Helping rural communities recover from wildfires is the aim of a study into a significant fire in Canterbury that occurred three years ago.

23 Jan 2007  NZ CRIs join forces with leading US enzyme discovery company to develop NZ biofuels industry
New Zealand Crown Research Institutes Scion and AgResearch have formed a research programme with US-based Diversa Corporation (Nasdaq: DVSA) which could ultimately see New Zealand’s entire vehicle fleet running on New Zealand-grown and manufactured biofuels.

3 Jan 2007  Scion, ArborGen sign deal to benefit global forestry, develop novel bio-based products
Crown Research Institute Scion and ArborGen LLC have signed a multi-million dollar partnership deal in a move that will not only benefit the New Zealand forestry industry and help to build significant biomaterials expertise, but will also benefit the productivity of plantation forestry worldwide.