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Scion Connections is a quarterly newsletter that aims to keep you up-to-date with our key science success stories and discoveries and to connect you with our people and capabilities.
Issue 7, March 2013
Government invests in Scion technology
A $4.7 million Government grant to build a world leading waste treatment plant in Rotorua, may pave the way for a cleaner, healthier living environment for New Zealanders. Read more...
From pilot to production - bridging the gap
Commercialisation is a big part of what we do at Scion. In this issue of Scion Connections we highlight some of the technologies currently under development with our partners. While most of these innovations are for uptake by New Zealand firms, we always keep a close eye on international market developments, competing technologies and collaboration opportunities.
Maestro of numbers tackles wicked problems
Big data scientist, Oliver (Ollie) Chikumbo is applying powerful optimisation techniques to problems as diverse as eucalyptus management, land-use in a rural catchment and smart city planning in Portugal.
LignoTech - leading the green way forward
Strong, lightweight and economical are highly desirable properties when it comes to buying a car. But one made using corn residue?
A natural alternative to a fishy problem
Scientists have long been researching eco-friendly packaging alternatives to one of the most widely used plastics, polystyrene. This is now a step closer with the construction, by Biopolymer Network Ltd, of a pilot plant capable of producing fish boxes made from a bio-foam that looks and behaves much like its less eco-friendly counterpart.
Containerised technology for improving planting success
Scion’s nursery undertakes specialised production for forest growers. Exotic and indigenous tree species can be supplied using containerised or bare-root technologies.
Inside Scion's National Forest Herbarium
Anyone interested in growing New Zealand beech (Nothofagus) may value a new book produced by Scion and Tane’s Tree Trust.
FBP Annual Report
This recently released report marks a 20-year milestone for Scion’s rural fire research group. The group was kick started in 1992 with the arrival of Dr Marty Alexander, Fire Research Officer from Forestry Canada, who commenced a 12 month secondment at the NZ Forest Research Institute in Rotorua.
Fungi, fungicides and fertiliser
Research that may help nursery growers produce faster growing, more robust radiata pine seedlings has been recently published by Christchurch-based Scion microbiologist, Simeon Smaill and Katrin Walbert from the Rotorua office.
Scion is participating in a number of conferences over the next three months.