Welcome to Scion Connect – Issue 10

4 July 2024

Welcome to Issue 10 of Scion Connect, featuring the latest updates, achievements and news coverage.

Engaging rangatahi

A new interactive learning app designed to empower rangatahi and communities with knowledge about myrtle rust has been launched. Read more and watch highlights from the launch.

In the news

In recent news coverage, The Country reveals Scion researchers are joining the fight against facial eczema. Explore the ngahere with NZ Geographic’s look at how myrtle rust is threatening biodiversity and the work researchers are doing to stop it. Hear from Scion portfolio leader Dr Alec Foster as he sets the record straight on false GE field trial claims. And listen to RNZ’s coverage of the potential for UAVs to be used for targeted pest responses.

Collaboration for the win

We highlight how Scion’s research and commercialisation experts are helping a young entrepreneur tackle plastic waste. Plus, watch how Scion, through the Forest Growers Research Precision Silviculture Programme, is exploring the potential for virtual reality training for foresters.

Ministerial matters

We captured the Fieldays action after four jam-packed days at the Forestry Hub, including a special announcement by Forestry Minister Todd McClay. We also hosted Climate Change Minister Simon Watts in Rotorua to talk about opportunities for economic growth as we decarbonise New Zealand’s economy.

Looking ahead

Find the details of upcoming conferences we’re hosting. Earlybird registrations for ForestSAT in September close on July 10. Plus, we’re hosting IUFRO 1.01.04 Tree Establishment and Early Growth Dynamics.

Explore and subscribe

Dive into the stories and accompanying videos in this month’s issue. If you’re new to Scion or haven’t yet signed up to receive Scion Connect in your inbox, remember to enter your details and subscribe so you don’t miss out on future updates.