2017 NZIFST Conference

NEWS - RESEARCH, EDUCATION

NEWS >> RESEARCH, EDUCATION

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Breakthrough for the bees

Our small but hardy honey bees are under siege from a range of pests and diseases. However, some relief may be in sight for these important insects from a particularly dangerous disease – one that can destroy entire hives. Preliminary results from a pilot study undertaken by scientists at Plant & Food Research indicate that a breakthrough has been made in the fight against the pathogen Nosema ceranae. This relative newcomer to New Zealand is a cousin of Nosema apis, which ... more

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Bruce Campbell honoured by Royal Society of New Zealand

Congratulations to Dr Bruce Campbell, Chief Operating Officer of Plant & Food Research, on being awarded the prestigious Thomson Medal for 2016. The Thomson Medal is awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand to recognise outstanding contributions to science and technology. It was presented to Dr Campbell for his outstanding leadership in both the agricultural and horticultural sciences over 35 years. The medal selection committee noted, “His leadership has had a positive ... more

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Familiarity breeds versatility

If you find yourself purchasing the same chocolate or wine at the supermarket, then your habit may have a scientific explanation. New research co-authored by Dr Sara Jaeger from Plant & Food Research’s Sensory and Consumer Science team suggests that familiarity with a particular food or drink increases the perceived suitability of that product for different situations. Consumer trials were conducted using a range of names and images for four different types of food and ... more

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New research: what's in our fridges?

New figures show New Zealanders are increasingly health-conscious Sugar-sweetened drinks are getting a lot of attention in the obesity debate, however a new infographic launched today by the New Zealand Beverage Council shares insights into the everyday products that make up Kiwis’ trolleys – and they are not as sugary as one might think. The first beverage to make an appearance is milk at #43, while the first soft drink in the average New Zealander’s trolley ... more

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Art on a plate inspires future chefs

Schools partner with Nestlé for International Chefs Day Thursday 20 October is International Chefs Day and Kiwi kids who participate in Nestlé’s Healthy Active Kids Programme will be swapping the classroom for the kitchen to create art on a plate, with help from some of New Zealand’s leading chefs. International Chefs Day is a global celebration of culinary arts. The day gives children an opportunity to cook with real chefs while developing new skills including ... more

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Fonterra Milk for Schools changing drinking habits

Photo: Wymondley Road School staff and students and Olympian Eliza McCartney celebrating Fonterra Milk for Schools this morning. New research by the University of Auckland shows that 12 per cent more kiwi kids are meeting recommended daily dairy consumption guidelines since the introduction of the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme. The findings of the research were announced by the study investigator Associate Professor Clare Wall, at an event today attended by Deputy Labour ... more

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Targeting foods to the Chinese consumer

A new research programme will look at the factors - attitudes, behaviours and lifestyles - that motivate Chinese consumers to buy foods that improve their health and wellness, allowing New Zealand companies to create new products that appeal to the market. Funded through the High Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge, the new ‘Consumer Insights’ research will support the development of products with scientifically-validated health and wellness benefits tailored for ... more

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$3m in new projects for High-Value Nutrition

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge is investing $3 million in its Consumer Insights and Science of Food research programmes. “The research into high-value nutrition is hugely important in moving our food production from volume to value,” Mr Joyce says. “These projects will help product development that brings maximum returns for New Zealand food exporters.” The Consumer Insights ... more

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Trialling new taro treatment for better biosecurity

Scientists from Plant & Food Research have been trialling a specially engineered high-pressure washing machine for taro to help reduce the chances of invasive species entering New Zealand. Taro is a particularly difficult vegetable to clean – the product is covered in fibrous leaf and root matter and its pitted nature can mean soil residues. The high-pressure washing machine has been tested along with hot water treatments for its ability to eliminate this material and remove or ... more

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Boysenberry may be of benefit to asthma suffers

Globally it is estimated that 150 million people are affected by asthma, with children making up around 10 percent of sufferers. In New Zealand, one of every nine adults and every seven children are prescribed asthma medication. New research suggests that regular Boysenberry consumption may improve lung function by reducing symptoms associated with inflammation of the airways, which can cause conditions such as asthma. Previous studies have found that lung function can be improved ... more

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