SFF Futures projects: forestry

The projects are listed according to their start dates. The latest project is at the top.

Wood fire-retardant pilot project

Project start: 19 March 2021
Project length: 3 years
MPI funding: $785,548
Industry funding: $1,178,322
Industry partner: Abodo Wood Ltd
Region: Bay of Plenty

This project will research, develop and trial the commercialisation of a resin formula to create a durable fire-retardant exterior wood prototype from New Zealand grown radiata pine. The product will be used in industrial applications where timber is currently prohibited. It will be tested against New Zealand, Australian, European, and American standards for fire retardant properties, performance and durability.


Parasitoids for sustainable pest management in eucalypt plantations

Project start: 11 March 2021
Project length: 3 years
MPI funding: $407,011 
Industry funding: $492,000
Industry partner: Scion
Region: Waikato/ Southland

This project will develop sustainable methods to manage eucalyptus tortoise beetle that defoliate Eucalyptus nitens (short fibre producing trees) and limit growth. In particular, it will research the beneficial impact of, and assist with releasing the biological control agent Eadya daenerys, with the aim of establishing it in New Zealand.


Can we build a kānuka industry based on chemotypes?

Project start: 11 March 2021
Project length: 1 year
MPI funding: $68,200
Industry funding: $111,500
Industry partner: Hikurangi Bioactives Limited Partnership
Region: Nationwide

This project will explore the opportunity to build a kānuka industry based on chemotype variation, and will develop a branding and marketing strategy for kānuka products based on provenance. It will also support the establishment of a national kānuka entity representing Māori interests and leadership in the kānuka industry.


Pine pollen

Project start: 27 October 2020
Project length: 2 years
MPI funding: $288,500
Industry funding: $288,500
Industry partner: Pine Pollen NZ Ltd
Region: Nationwide

This project seeks to establish the foundations for an export-focused pine pollen industry in New Zealand. Pine pollen is considered a high value nutrition source for humans, with a long history of use as a health product and food in China, Korea and Japan.


Best Practice Plantation Forestry Sedimentation Controls

Project start: 25 May 2020
Project length: 7 years
MPI funding: $1,350,000
Industry funding: $1,350,000
Industry partner: OneFortyOne
Region: Nelson/Tasman

This project is establishing and executing a plantation forest paired catchment study to assess the performance of innovative erosion and sediment controls. It will quantify how much sediment can be prevented from leaving a plantation forest harvesting site, the ecological effects of reducing sediment generation and delivery, and the operating costs of implementing new standards and practices. Findings will be shared widely.


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