Agriculture

60 years in orbit for ‘grapefruit satellite’ – the oldest human object in space - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 22, 2018

Alice Gorman, Flinders University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Sixty years ago, a grapefruit-sized aluminium sphere with six antennas and some tiny solar cells was launched into Earth orbit. The Vanguard 1 satellite is still up there and is the oldest human-made object in space. It’s our first … Read More

No, we have no GM tomatoes - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Feb 08, 2018

No sooner have I written a post about the synergy between FB and blogging then it happens again 🙂 Again, hat-tip to Yvette d’Entremont, who posted a link to an article purporting to tell consumers how to distinguish between GM and ‘regular’ tomatoes. The writer of that article certainly wears their heart on their sleeve – just look … Read More

New research suggests common herbicides are linked to antibiotic resistance - Guest Work

Guest Work Nov 24, 2017

By Jack Heinemann, University of Canterbury.  Antibiotics are losing their ability to kill bacteria. One of the main reasons for the rise in antibiotic resistance is the improper use of antibiotics, but our latest research shows that the ingredients in commonly-used weed killers like Round-up and Kamba can also cause bacteria to become less susceptible to … Read More

The scientific effort to take out our biggest pests - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Nov 16, 2017

Nearly 18 months on from the previous government announcing Predator Free 2050, an ambitious goal to eradicate our most destructive invasive pests, the research that will underpin the strategy has been unveiled. Predator Free 2050 Ltd is the company that was set up to invest in predator eradication and steer the major scientific effort that will be required to achieve … Read More

Biodiversity conservation in 2100 - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Nov 10, 2017

This was the theme of today’s panel-public discussion in Old Government Buildings at Victoria University. It was chaired by Kathryn Ryan – host of Radio New Zealand’s Nine-to-noon. Panelists were asked to provide an opening statement that answered the above questions (text box) and described their position. Here is mine. In 2100 people will be an … Read More

Simon Upton – New Zealand science like an ‘exotic botanical garden’ - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Nov 10, 2017

The Crown Research Institutes are 25 years old and they celebrated yesterday with a series of talks and a showcase of their science at Te Papa in Wellington yesterday. Labour’s Research, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Megan Woods, a former Plant & Food employee herself, gave a fairly measured speech that strayed little from the science and research-related commitments made … Read More

Mosquito-borne diseases more likely to reach New Zealand - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Nov 02, 2017

It’s a familiar New Zealand story, the havoc wrecked by all the pest species we’ve brought in. But in the case of mosquitoes, the worst might be yet to come. There were 12 mostly bird-nibbling mosquito species in pre-European times. Since our arrival, three new species have become permanently established here. We’ve stopped dozens more at our … Read More

Auckland botanist inspires science award name change - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Nov 01, 2017

The New Zealand Association of Scientists this evening presented their annual awards in Wellington, honouring some of the country’s top researchers with a suite of prestigeous medals. Dr Lucy Cranwell See full details of the winners below. One nice surprise was to see the Association’s science communicator’s medal, which has been won in recent years by scientists including Michelle Dickinson, … Read More

A change of government: 5 things it could mean for New Zealand science - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 19, 2017

After days of reading reports from frustrated reporters camped out in front of the elevators in Bowen House, we finally have an answer on the shape of our next government – a Labour-New Zealand First coalition. The Greens, with a confidence and supply arrangement with Labour, will be in the mix in some capacity as well by the time … Read More