Record num­ber hon­oured in science awards

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Grower’s Research 2018 -

A RECORD NUM­BER OF PEO­PLE HAVE BEEN hon­oured for their achieve­ments in the 2018 For­est Grow­ers Re­search Awards, pre­sented last month.

Eight re­searchers re­ceived hon­ours for their ground-break­ing work across a wide range of projects that will help im­prove, pro­tect or sup­port the in­dus­try in the fu­ture:

• Re­search Award for Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Sec­tor En­gage­ment went to Paul Millen from the Dry­lands For­est Ini­tia­tive, a pub­lic/pri­vate re­search ven­ture formed to pro­mote the grow­ing of durable eu­ca­lypt species in dry ar­eas. Paul’s en­thu­si­asm for the project has seen al­most 1,000ha of trial plant­ings es­tab­lished for screen­ing.

• Re­search Award for In­no­va­tion that En­hances Sec­tor Value, pre­sented to Scion’s Simeon Smaill, for in­ves­ti­gat­ing the po­ten­tial of novel meth­ods to im­prove the growth and vi­tal­ity of Ra­di­ata Pine. He’s worked with for­est nurs­eries to pro­duce tree seedlings us­ing re­duced in­put of fer­tilis­ers and fungi­cides, which in­hibit ben­e­fi­cial my­c­or­rhizal fungi, thus re­duc­ing costs and less­en­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts.

• Re­search Award for Science of In­ter­na­tional Qual­ity, pre­sented to a team com­pris­ing Jes­sica Kerr, Brooke O’Con­nor and Steve Paw­son from Scion in Christchurch for their world-lead­ing re­search in the Ur­ban Bat­tle­field Biose­cu­rity project. This led to the cre­ation of an ‘in­sect cy­borg’ to im­prove the ef­fi­ciency and speed of in­sect de­tec­tion dur­ing an erad­i­ca­tion cam­paign.

• Re­search Award for Re­search Par­tic­i­pa­tion and Im­ple­men­ta­tion, made to Paul Adams, Tech­ni­cal Man­ager for Ray­onier/Matariki Forests. He’s a mem­ber of the tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee for the Grow­ing Con­fi­dence in Forestry’s Fu­ture (GCFF) re­search pro­gramme, ac­tively en­gag­ing with re­search that in­cludes a mid-ro­ta­tion fer­til­i­sa­tion trial and a for­est ac­cel­er­a­tor trial to boost tree growth.

• Re­search Award for Con­tri­bu­tion to a Science Team, pre­sented to Re­becca McDou­gal for her con­tri­bu­tion to sup­port­ing the for­est health team at Scion work­ing on how dis­eases are di­ag­nosed, us­ing new molec­u­lar tech­niques.

• Re­search Award for a Young Sci­en­tist, made to Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury PhD stu­dent, Nurzhan Nur­sul­tanov, for re­search to re­place Methyl Bro­mide log treat­ment us­ing non-chem­i­cal elec­tri­cal heat­ing tech­nol­ogy.


1: Paul Millen (left) re­ceives his award from For­est Grower Levy Trust Chair, Ge­off Thomp­son. 2: Scion’s Simeon Smaill (left) pre­sented with his award by Ge­off Thomp­son.3: Jes­sica Kerr (right) re­ceives the award on be­half of her team from Ge­off Thomp­son.4: Paul Adams (right) is pre­sented with his award by Ge­off Thomp­son.5: Re­becca McDougall, who was not present to re­ceive her award.6: Nurzhan Nur­sul­tanov (right) re­ceives his award from Ge­off Thomp­son.

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