2010 Media Releases

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15 Dec 2010  Scion’s application to grow genetically modified pine trees approved
Crown Research Institute Scion welcomes the Environmental Risk Management Authority’s decision to approve, with controls, its application to field test genetically modified radiata pine (Pinus radiata) in outdoor containment.

10 Dec 2010  Inaugural symposium fuels scientific interest
The Biofuels Science Symposium on 13 and 14 of December is the first time the national biofuels research community has come together to discuss the latest scientific developments and the development of a national research strategy.

9 Dec 2010  Landcare Research Chief Executive to move to Scion
The current head of the Christchurch-based CRI, Landcare Research Ltd, Dr Warren Parker has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Forest Research Ltd, trading as Scion.

1 Dec 2010  Scion awards Suffrage Scholarship to Rotorua student
Crown Research Institute Scion today awarded its Suffrage Scholarship to Rotorua Girls High School student Alivea Smith.

16 Nov 2010  Scion embraces Statement of Core Purpose
Scion chairman, Tony Nowell, says that Scion’s Statement of Core Purpose provides a clear, explicit and enduring statement of Scion’s role in New Zealand’s science and innovation system.

7 Oct 2010  Scion Delivers Strong Performance
Crown Research Institute Scion today announced a before-tax profit of $3.240 million for the year ending 30 June 2010.

5 Oct 2010  Scion seeks talented female science students
Scion is once again combing Rotorua for an outstanding female science high school student, with the launch of its Suffrage Centennial Scholarship for 2010. Applicants must be senior female students living in Rotorua and attending a Bay of Plenty secondary school. In addition, they must be intending to start a degree course in 2011 in pure or applied sciences.

31 Aug 2010  Rotorua to gain from innovative research
Today the Minister for the Environment Hon Nick Smith announced that an innovative Rotorua research initiative will be awarded $1 million over two years from the Ministry’s Waste Minimisation Fund. The research project involves Crown Research Institute Scion and Rotorua District Council who joined forces in 2008 to develop a new approach to the management of organic waste.

26 Aug 2010  Free Forestry Conference Puts GIS on the Map
On 6 October, Crown Research Institute Scion is hosting a free conference to raise awareness of how GIS technology can be used to best advantage within the forestry sector.

25 Aug 2010  ERMA invites submissions on Scion’s application to field test GM pine trees
Today Scion’s application to the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) to field test genetically modified Pinus radiata in outdoor containment has been publicly notified by ERMA.

10 Aug 2010  Exploring benefits of the bioplastics boom
More than 50 people from around the country with an interest in bioplastics are gathering in Rotorua for a day-long workshop at Crown Research Institute Scion on 13 August.

12 Jul 2010  Scion’s upcoming field trial application to ERMA
Scion is currently in the process of submitting an application to the Environmental Risk Management Authority for a new field trial of genetically modified Pinus radiata (radiata pine) trees in outdoor containment.

6 Jul 2010  Controlling gum leaf skeletoniser
Scion’s application to the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) for permission to release a parasitic wasp into New Zealand to control the gum leaf skeletoniser has been approved.

25 Jun 2010  Scion Board appointments
Today Research, Science and Technology Minister Wayne Mapp announced the appointment of a new chairman, deputy chair and an additional director to the Scion Board with effect from 1 July 2010.

18 Jun 2010  Scion Chief Executive announces resignation
The Chief Executive of Crown Research Institute Scion, Dr Tom Richardson, has announced he will be resigning after 5 years in the role. Dr Richardson leaves Scion in August to take up the Chief Executive Officer role at Crown Research Institute, AgResearch Limited.

31 May 2010  Scion makes waste pay
Crown Research Institute Scion will be highlighting practical technologies at this year’s Fieldays. Two of those technologies convert waste to profit.

14 May 2010  ArborGen Renews Agreement with Scion
ArborGen, LLC and New Zealand Crown Research Institute Scion have agreed to extend their multi-million dollar partnership in gene discovery and molecular breeding for forest trees.

4 Mar 2010  Scion welcomes Taskforce findings
Crown Research Institute Scion welcomes the positive and constructive report of the Crown Research Institute Taskforce – “How to enhance the value of New Zealand’s Investment in Crown Research Institutes.”

1 Mar 2010  Squeaky-clean shoes for Scientists
Scientists attending the 5th International Phytophthora working party meeting in Rotorua next week will bring only clean shoes with them. These scientists know the importance of controlling the spread of the class of micro-organisms whose name means “destroyer of plants”. Over 100 science delegates from 14 different countries will be attending the meeting from 7-12 March, hosted by Crown Research Institute, Scion, Landcare Research and Auckland Regional Council.

22 Feb 2010  Rotorua District Council looks to gain value from biosolids
Rotorua District Council (RDC) and Crown Research Institute, Scion, are joining forces to demonstrate a new approach to the management of organic wastes. Scion’s Group Manager of Sustainable Design, Dr Trevor Stuthridge, says this is an exciting regional initiative that could be applied in other centres.

25 Jan 2010  Scion fuels bi-lateral bioenergy talks
Crown Research Institute Scion hosted a high profile delegation today to discuss US-NZ research collaborations in bioenergy. The workshop, which was held at Scion’s Rotorua campus, focused on US and New Zealand research into the opportunities for new bioenergy products and identified where researchers from the two nations might collaborate to speed their development and deployment.

12 Jan 2010  Port of Tauranga trials new lighting system to beat bugs
A new lighting system being trialled at the Port of Tauranga aims to protect New Zealand’s export trade by reducing pest contamination of forest products in an environmentally-friendly way.