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Massey University horticulture and food enterprise: Latest News

Partnership for sustainable food production
New Zealand's FoodHQ - a network of science and innovation partners, including Massey University - and Foodvalley in the Netherlands have formed a...
Intern leaves lasting impact on dairy research
An internship opportunity at Fonterra has proven to be just as valuable to Massey University science student Victoria-Jayne Reid, as it was to dairy...
Dietetics student awarded scholarship from Nestlé
Second-year dietetics student Tayla Knightbridge-Eager has been awarded the School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Postgraduate Scholarship,...
Study on breastfeeding and yeast-based supplements
A Massey University researcher is looking for breastfeeding women to participate in a study to find out if a yeast-based supplement affects breast...
Is New Zealand’s food system unsustainable?
New research shows overwhelming support for sustainability characteristics to be included in the Eating and Activity Guidelines for New Zealand...
Plants, the New Zealand wars and international dancing
Sarah de Bruin is your typical kid from Dargaville. She grew up on a kumara farm, represented New Zealand in highland dancing, and is now double...
Agriculture’s leading students celebrated
Massey's School of Agriculture and Environment has named its top students of the year at their annual Agriculture Awards Dinner.
Cancer, camellia and saddleback research awarded
Blight-resistant camellia, cancer prevention, migrant mental health, and preservation of the saddleback are among the diverse topics being undertaken...
Massey brings the future to National Fieldays
Massey University is living the "future of farming" theme at National Fieldays this year with robots, future foods, an artificially intelligent farm...
Stanford expert takes a glance at NZ’s freshwater
Massey University and the Ministry for the Environment hosted a world-leading freshwater expert last month to explain and explore a modelling...

Plant & Food Research: Latest News

Saving water to help maintain Abu Dhabi forestsexternal link

Study looks at the feasibility of irrigating with tertiary treated sewage effluent to save groundwater reserves in Abu Dhabi

New techniques could accelerate breeding and innovationexternal link

Kiwifruit flowering is accelerated using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated editing under rigid containment conditions

How does in vitro rearing affect the morphology of adult bees?external link

Study compares health of adult workers reared in vitro with those reared in a hive by their parental colony

Modelling the optimal trapping season for fruit fly surveillanceexternal link

Study leads to management recommendations for trap timing

Farewell Silent Spring - 50 years of scienceexternal link

The 50-year story of how science has helped the New Zealand apple industry to reduce its pesticide use has been turned into a book. Farewell Silent Spring – the New Zealand Apple Story, written by leading scientist Howard Wearing (ex-Plant & Food Research), tells the story of how a dedicated R&D programme introduced pest monitoring, biological controls and selective chemical use to ensure New Zealand’s apples are pest-free and with no detectable residues, meeting the phytosanitary requirements of markets worldwide.

Assessing the biosafety of the Samurai wasp as a biocontrol agent for the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)external link

Lab study looks at the potential host-range of Samurai wasp in New Zealand

Study finds protective willows best planted down to stone layerexternal link

Measuring the development of the willow root system in different riverbank sediments

Scientists discover new class of flavonoidsexternal link

Scientists at Plant & Food Research, along with colleagues at Lincoln University and overseas, have recently discovered a brand new class of flavonoid pigments called auronidins.

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