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2007 Archive

Looking for a news story about biotechnology in New Zealand? Browse our news archive from 2007.

  • Beetle from Brazil could control wandering willie


    A leaf eating beetle from the cool, upland regions of south east Brazil may be imported to New Zealand to control the weed Tradescantia fluminensis – otherwise known as wandering willie.

  • Bees bred to resist varroa mite


    Honeybees that can suppress varroa mite reproduction have been bred by scientists at HortResearch, now called Plant & Food Research.

  • Tiny particles hold cancer clues


    Particles a million times smaller than a grain of salt may hold the key to cures for cancer and other diseases.

  • Student solves streptococcal secrets


    Detective work by a New Zealand student has provided clues that could help find better treatment for infections like sore throats and tonsillitis.

  • Wood waste to fuel sustainability


    New Zealand could achieve self sufficiency in fuel, heat and power by 2050 if it used radiata pine as a source of bioethanol, Scion says.

  • Bone healing product shows NZ advantage


    Keratec is to jointly develop a new bone healing technology for use in spinal, reconstructive, trauma and oral/maxillofacial surgical grafting procedures.

  • Support for budding potato experts


    Four PhD students will be recruited to work with New Zealand’s leading potato scientists as part of new research programmes at Crop & Food Research (now called Plant & Food Research) .

  • Kiwifruit enters cosmetic market


    Kiwifruit seed oil and extracts could be the secret ingredients in a new range of cosmetic products.

  • Methane eating bug found


    A methane eating microorganism found in soil near Hell’s Gate geothermal field in Rotorua could help reduce methane gas emissions from landfills and geothermal power stations.

  • Squid gel shows healing potential


    A squid derived wound healing gel invented by Otago university scientists has shown anti bleeding and anti scarring properties in medical trials.

  • New biocontrol agent to battle insect pests


    The discovery of a new strain of bacterium isolated from insects is being heralded as a breakthrough in the control of insect pests.

  • Breakthrough treatment for muscle wasting


    A Dunedin based biotech company is leading the development of a ground breaking new therapy for sufferers of muscle wasting conditions such as muscular dystrophy.

  • Moderate coffee habit could be healthy


    Espressos, long blacks, filter coffee, flat whites, lattés, and cappuccinos have been put to the test by scientists at Lincoln University.

  • Exploring nature for new therapies


    New Zealand’s unique plant and marine life are being investigated for their potential anti-inflammatory properties from which new drug leads can be developed.

  • Food firm finds healthy spread


    Scientific validation is helping a local food company prove the health benefits of its margarine-type spread made from rice bran oil.

  • Probiotic prevents tooth decay


    BLIS Technologies has received a US patent for its new oral probiotic to prevent dental cavities.

  • Clone venture promises new tool for farmers


    An international cloning venture involving AgResearch aims to give beef farmers new tools to help improve their herds.

  • Online tool predicts cancer path


    A new online tool created by PhD student Hayley Reynolds will allow doctors to predict how melanoma can spread around the body.

  • Sneaky superbug secrets revealed


    Suberbugs and similar infections may soon be treatable, as scientists have discovered how the bacterium evades the immune system’s first line of defence.

  • Insight into heartbeats


    Scientists may develop a better understanding of cardiac function in health and disease by using a new way to look at key proteins that activate heart muscle contraction.

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