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2005 Archive

Looking for a news story about biotechnology in New Zealand? Browse our news archive from 2005.

  • Potato project aims for tastier taters


    Improving the nutritional value, colour and flavour of New Zealand's most important crop is the aim of a collaborative effort to sequence the potato genome by 2009. It may also be possible to improve the environmental sustainability of crop production, scientists involved in the project say.

  • Sheep study looks for genetic clues


    Scientists are looking for clues to pest resistance and immune response in sheep by studying the genetics of merinos first taken to Pitt Island over 150 years ago.

  • Irish wasp gets permit to tackle weevil


    A tiny Irish wasp can now be used as a biological control agent against clover root weevil, following permission from the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA).

  • Exotic tuber could be functional food


    New Zealand scientists and farmers are currently investigating the best way to grow an exotic tuber with functional food potential.

  • NZ takes unique approach to genetics


    New Zealand has taken a unique approach to the emerging field of human genetic technologies, a visiting expert says.

  • NZ needs Science


    Science is critical to our future — that's the message Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton wants to spread.

  • Cows provide biotech treasure chest


    A way to isolate the genetic information of all microbes present in a single animal, and identify 'new' enzymes, has been developed in an international collaboration involving New Zealand scientists.

  • Calling all budding scientists


    With nearly half of New Zealand scientists likely to retire in the next 20 years and the Government's plans to invest more in science and technology, more young people need to start training for science careers right now, AgResearch CEO Andy West says.

  • New Zealander to lead development of the world's first complete species database


    From mammals to plants to bacteria, there are around 1.8 million named species on earth, although no complete catalogue of them currently exists. Now, an international organisation is working to create a free mega-database of all known creatures.

  • Protein discovery may create new brain disease treatments


    New treatments for a range of brain disorders could stem from the discovery of a proteins' previously unknown role in maintaining nerve cells in the brain.

  • Tackling a prickly problem


    Scientists are looking for biological ways to control a costly invasive weed.

  • Value-added food exports grow


    Food exports that bring more money to New Zealand are growing.

  • Rare herb could treat melanoma


    A traditional Vietnamese medicinal herb may have useful anti-melanoma properties.

  • Scientists study new cancer drug


    New Zealand and Australian scientists are studying the effects of an exciting new anti-cancer drug.

  • DNA reveals dolphin sex secrets


    Analysis of our bottle-nosed dolphins' DNA shows that they get around more than was thought.

  • Going nuts for fuel


    University students have found that cocunut oil makes a simple-to-process alternative fuel.

  • Tracking chemical colour change in wool


    Scientists are trying to find out which compounds turn wool yellow, using chemical measurement techniques.

  • Milk by-product gives protein boost


    A New Zealand company is discovering ways to make high protein content foods without additives or processing aids.

  • High hopes for possum vaccine trial


    Scientists are hopeful that a human vaccine for tuberculosis may also work on possums, which may reduce TB in cattle.

  • Weeds get fungal treatment


    A common fungus may be able to help farmers control weeds.

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