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Chardonnay Shines at 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

A Marlborough Chardonnay has won the top prize at the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

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Climate model gets measure of myrtle rust

Myrtle rust never sleeps and, for a while it seems, neither did Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Rob Beresford, who spent the month of June poring through research articles, crunching data and creating mathematical formula to better gauge what the disease may mean for New Zealand.

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BREAKING NEWS: Myrtle rust found in Wgtn region

The fungal plant disease myrtle rust has been found in Lower Hutt, north of Wellington.

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Hickling is NZ’s Young Horticulturist of the Year 2017

Shanna Hickling has become only the third woman in thirteen years to win horticulture’s top Young Horticulturalist of the Year Award 2017.

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Maley FAR's Researcher of the Year 2017

Shane Maley from Plant & Food Research has been named FAR’s 2017 Researcher of the Year He was presented with the award by CEO Nick Pyke at ARIA, FAR’s annual field day.

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More biosecurity officers for summer rush

Thirty-two new quarantine officers have graduated from their training, bolstering the Ministry for Primary Industries' biosecurity defences at New Zealand’s border.

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Monitoring for pea weevils continues

The pea weevil (Bruchus pisorum) had previously been found in the Wairarapa where it is under an eradication programme. 21 trap crops have been planted, with all growers from last year planting crops again this year.

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Meeting the needs of Generation Z vital

Horticulture New Zealand CEO Mike Chapman notes that the oldest members of Generation Z are leaving high school and going on to further training, or joining the workforce.

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FAO’s FPI declines in November amid cereals boom

Global food prices declined marginally in November, as lower dairy prices offset a sharp increase in sugar and vegetable oil quotations, according to the latest FAO Food Price Index.

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