Issue 21, September 2016

 

 

 

Issue 21, September 2016

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Containing the spread of hitchhiking pests

iss21 - hitchhikers tbThe past 50 or so years has seen a dramatic change in the volume, and mode, of international trade. Not only has the volume escalated substantially, but around 90% of it is carried by sea, mostly in containers.
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Biosecurity a top priority for the forest industry and Scion
Biosecurity is the forest owners’ top priority. Keeping trees green and healthy, and the products from these able to be sold in export markets, dominates all other considerations. Trees are forest owners’ primary revenue generator and a liquid asset - if they are afflicted by pests and diseases or are restricted in their access to market, their value is seriously diminished.

Are small forest blocks viable?
Most small forests were planted in the 1990s, and now that they are coming to maturity they have the potential to supply most of the large increase in wood availability over the next decade.

Fighting back with science
Kauri (Agathis australis) are the slow growing giants of our northern forests revered by all New Zealanders, particularly Maori.

Locally produced liquid biofuels – the way to go!
Scion has been involved in bioenergy and biofuels research for many years. With most of the country’s electricity derived from natural, renewable resources such as water, geothermal and wind, the focus of this work currently centres on liquid transport biofuels.

Woodforce nets KiwiNet award!
We are proud to announce that Scion and our licensing partner Sonae Indústria (now Sonae-Arauco) won the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research & Business Partnership Award for our partnership to commercialise a wood reinforced plastic product that can be used in cars, appliances and a range of consumer products.

Make wood not love
Plant biotechnologist Agnieszka Boron entered a video competition for early career researchers little realising her video would come third.

Minginui nursery
Scion’s innovative science has opened the door to what could become a lucrative indigenous forestry industry for New Zealand. Our scientists have discovered how to propagate native trees from cuttings, which enables them to grow faster and in larger amounts, and overcomes the difficulty of sourcing viable seed and unreliable germination of that seed.

New business development leader
Scion welcomed Roger Schwarzenbach to the team in August as our new General Manager Business Development and Commercialisation.

Domestication of radiata pine
Emeritus Scientist Rowland Burdon has been collaborating for a number of years on a book covering the history and technical issues of domesticating radiata pine.

The Soft Pines Bulletin
Publication of The Soft Pines bulletin by Scion marks the completion of a 19-part series on the recognition, role and seed source of introduced forest trees in New Zealand.

Upcoming events
TAP 2016 Te Ara Putaiao. 3-4 October, Rotorua. 7th ABRN Science Symposium: Next Generation Liquid Biofuels and Co-Products. 10 November, Rotorua