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Massey University horticulture and food enterprise: Latest News

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...
Developing healthy eating habits early on
A new study is investigating how exposing babies to a variety of fruit and vegetables when they first move to solids, could help form better eating...
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

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

Can eradication efforts keep up with growing invasive arthropod diversity?external link

An analysis of eradication programmes shows a rapidly diversifying burden of the most severe biosecurity threats.

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.

Can natural enemies of current insect pests provide biotic resistance to future pests?external link

Scientists explore dataset of exotic parasitoid wasps to assess resistance against future insect pests

Exploring the effects of flavour encapsulation technologiesexternal link

Study assesses dynamic flavour perception and oral processing behaviour in response to different flavour encapsulation technologies

Underwater vision technology offers advancement in aquaculture breeding selectionexternal link

Hendrix Genetics and Plant & Food Research have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-develop underwater vision technology for measuring aquaculture breeding stock, using trout as a test case.

Motivation to adhere to exercise may be improved by consumption of New Zealand blackcurrantsexternal link

Scientists assess the effects of polyphenolic-rich New Zealand blackcurrant juice consumption one hour prior to exercise


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