Issue 19, March 2016

Issue 19, March 2016

Urgent need for a global strategy on forest health

port tbA review of global biosecurity undertaken by Scion Principal Scientist Dr Eckehard (Ecki) Brockerhoff and colleagues from the University of Pretoria highlights the urgent need for a global biosecurity strategy for planted forests."
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Paris Climate Agreement and current forest plantings don't add up
On 12 December 2015, 196 countries agreed terms for a legally binding Paris Climate Agreement. The agreement will come into force on 22 April 2016 if 55 countries, comprising at least 55% of global emissions, ratify it.

Fund is catalyst for international collaborations
An exploratory visit to Europe last year by scientists in our Manufacturing and Bioproducts Group is already paying dividends for at least two scientists.

Taking our bioadhesive technology to industry
Scion’s environmentally-friendly bioadhesives and resins made from natural sources, are contributing to a reduction in the use of fossil resources and greenhouse gas emissions, reinforcing the New Zealand wood processing industry’s licence to operate.

Adding value to research and commercialisation
Scion’s new General Manager for Forest Science, Emeritus Professor Alison Stewart, is amazed at the breadth of research being undertaken at Scion.

Building confidence in science
Scientists, students and teachers learning from each other. That’s the aim of a two-year Vision Matauranga programme Scion entered into with local Whakarewarewa School, in April 2015.

Capturing the beauty of paua
The iridescent beauty of paua shell may soon be captured in everyday household items. Materials scientists Drs Marion Sanglard and Marie Joo Le Guen are working with abalone farming company OceaNZ Blue to investigate possible uses for paua (abalone) shells that are being discarded during processing.

VTT agreement opens global opportunities
A research collaboration agreement signed recently between Scion and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will give New Zealand better access to global opportunities in the bioeconomy.

CEO for Terax 2013 Ltd goes global
The new CEO of Terax 2013 Ltd, Brian Vass, has set his sights on taking TERAX® technology to the world. TERAX® is an organic waste conversion technology jointly developed by Scion and Rotorua Lakes Council that offers an alternative to landfill, as well as generating income by recovering valuable chemicals and energy.

Virtual network of equipment for bioresource processing
Businesses and researchers throughout New Zealand can now access a range of test facilities and pilot plants to trial new bio-based products without having to invest in costly equipment.

New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science
Scion’s flagship scientific publication, the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, has an international scope that covers the breadth of forestry science. Volume 45 of the Journal is now complete with all 26 papers freely available on-line.

Working hard to protect New Zealand forests
Our Forest Protection Annual Science Report 2015 is now available to download at