Tagged: scion

Pinus radiata, New Zealand’s adopted icon - A History of NZ Science in 25 Objects

Jean Balchin Jul 17, 2017

I used to be terrified of pine forests. The tall, dark trees seemed to quiver with menace, fringing the roads as we drove along in our little car. I’d peer out the window and dare myself to look into the forest, half expecting to see a wild thing lurking between the trees. Pinus radiata is New … Read More

Hatchet job on GM pine trees - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Apr 13, 2012

Police are investigating a break in at a radiata pine field trial facility in Rotorua after hundreds of genetically-modified year-old trees were slashed and uprooted over Easter. The intruders were clever – they not only cut through perimeter fences but tunneled under a monitored security fence to get to the trees, which were planted about a year ago. Scion, the … Read More

Plastics CoE remolds itself into a Polymer Alliance - Stick

Peter Kerr Nov 01, 2011

Fittingly, the plastics industry seems to be on the verge of remolding itself and its centre of excellence. This time, for an activity that is known as an ‘enabling industry’, hopefully the model and structure is got right. As a … Continue reading → … Read More

NZ bioenergy is currently too much like an ‘enthusiasts club’ - Stick

Peter Kerr Mar 03, 2011

The public’s not hearing about the bioenergy market, it’s rare to see commercialisation thinking around it and the sector’s more like an enthusiasts club. In opening a mini conference in Wellington about how to implement the Bioenergy Association’s strategy (see … Continue reading → … Read More

Ag science just ain't sexy enough - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 22, 2010

Here’s the looming problem for New Zealand – the scientific institutions that come up with innovations to keep our primary sector industries productive and contributing huge amounts to GDP are failing to attract young kiwi talent to replace the old-timers that are retiring. Hence we have, a few days after Fieldays, the following headline in Rural News: … Read More