CategoryBioproducts

There’s more to seaweed than just a superfood

I am sure many of us have walked along a beach after a storm and witnessed seaweed strewn amongst the sand. Many of us would consider it to just be a foul-smelling “weed” without realising that most of us consume seaweed every day in food products such as sushi or miso soup, or seaweed extracts in foods such as ice cream, and yogurt. Humans have eaten seaweeds for tens of thousands of years and...

Adding value to food waste

Over recent years, we’ve not only started to change the way we think about environmental issues but have actively begun making changes in the way we behave when it comes to consuming. At home, we compost all of our vegetable and fruit waste, grow our own vegetables and have planted an almost entirely edible backyard of fruit trees. We’re by no means fully self-sustainable but we are trying to do...

How Microbial Communities Improve Agricultural Production

The world of biological farming is not confined to what happens in soil.  Biological products have been available for decades and provide strong competition for traditional chemical products.  Unlike many reach-for-the-shelf chemicals, biological products require more preparation and strategic thinking in their use.  The spray and walk away mentality falls short of the next level of agricultural...

Green Chemistry and Technology Conference

University of Auckland Hosts Green Chemistry and Technology Conference One hundred scientists discuss Green Chemistry innovations to Tackle Environmental Problems The Green Chemistry and Technology Conference took place in December at Auckland University.  Organized by Center for Green Chemical Science of the University of Auckland, it gathered over 100 scientists from 15 different countries from...

Dismantling the Institution of Science in the Name of New Zealand’s Food Future

Is it time for New Zealand’s traditional science institutions and the archaic and painfully inefficient research and commercialisation funding model to move with the times? We live in an exponential era (cliché but true) – where technology, biology and science are rapidly affecting every industry – at a profound level. Even the NZ government and our primary industries are starting...

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