CategoryBioproducts

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...

Can Informed Bacon Buyers Change How We Farm in New Zealand?

Freedom Farms recently celebrated its tenth birthday. Many would say that’s over ten years of being horribly under qualified to be commenting on farming. After all, no one at Freedom Farms is actually a farmer. None of us own a pair of gumboots or have ever been seen at Field Days. We don’t have a background in agri-science. Gosh… we don’t even have a background in making good bacon. We are...

Biodegradable Lubricants: Oiling the Wheels of Change

Lubricants are an essential part of any piece of moving or rotating machinery. The applications in which lubricants are used are countless, ranging from speciality industrial compounds used in power plants to basic penetrating oils used on squeaky door hinges. Typically, lubricants are based on petroleum fractions (aka mineral oils), liquid by-products of crude oil refining. Mineral oils have...

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