BLH: Focus stories

Focus Stories showcase examples of biotechnology in action in New Zealand and include curriculum-linked unit plans, teaching ideas, video clips and animations.
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Breeding red-fleshed apples -   Find out how and why a red-fleshed apple variety is being bred in New Zealand, and discover how genetic information, consumer research and sensory science are all involved.

Breeding red-fleshed apples - Find out how and why a red-fleshed apple variety is being bred in New Zealand, and discover how genetic information, consumer research and sensory science are all involved.

Biological control of possums - Possums are one of New Zealand's biggest pests. Currently they are controlled by poisoning and trapping, but this is expensive and ongoing. Biological control has the potential to provide novel ways to control possums, and combined with conventional control methods, may offer more sustainable solutions.

Biological control of possums - Possums are one of New Zealand's biggest pests. Currently they are controlled by poisoning and trapping, but this is expensive and ongoing. Biological control has the potential to provide novel ways to control possums, and

Nutrigenomics - Different people respond differently to different foods. This is partly because we all have different genes, and our genes can affect the way our bodies deal with food. Because of this, particular food components will be more helpful to some people than to others.

Nutrigenomics - Different people respond differently to different foods. This is partly because we all have different genes, and our genes can affect the way our bodies deal with food. Because of this, particular food components will be more helpful to some people than to others.

Easy care sheep - developed by AgResearch, easy care sheep have been selectively bred to be more productive and less labour-intensive for farmers. This focus story reveals more about these sheep and why they were developed

Easy care sheep - Easy care sheep, developed by AgResearch, have been selectively bred to be more productive and less labour-intensive for farmers. This focus story reveals more about these sheep and why they were developed.

Taewa (Māori potatoes) - Taewa are traditional potato varieties grown by early Māori settlers in New Zealand. Find out how researchers are now developing unique food products from taewa.

TEACHER RESOURCES: Taewa (Māori potatoes) - Taewa are traditional potato varieties grown by early Māori settlers in New Zealand. Find out how researchers are now developing unique food products from taewa.

Wool innovations -   Innovative wool textiles developed at AgResearch in Christchurch are meeting consumer demand for more functional fabrics and creating new opportunities for textile products.

FOCUS STORY FROM THE BIOTECH LEARNING HUB: Innovative wool textiles developed at AgResearch in Christchurch are meeting consumer demand for more functional fabrics and creating new opportunities for textile products.

Potato plates - Potatopak is an innovative New Zealand company that makes biodegradable products. This story explores why and how Potatopak use waste potato starch to make disposable plates and trays.

Potato plates - Potatopak is an innovative New Zealand company that makes biodegradable products. This story explores why and how Potatopak use waste potato starch to make disposable plates and trays.

Forensics - Forensics is the application of science in a legal setting. An example of modern forensics evidence is the use of DNA fingerprints. Sources of DNA include blood, hair, semen, saliva, bone and tissue.  An important aspect of modern forensics is the use of DNA profiling, or genetic finger printing.

Forensics - Forensics is the application of science in a legal setting. An example of modern forensics evidence is the use of DNA fingerprints. Sources of DNA include blood, hair, semen, saliva, bone and tissue. An important aspect of modern forensics is the use of DNA profiling, or genetic finger printing.

Robotic milking - Dairy farming is New Zealand's biggest industry. However, the labour-intensive nature of dairy farming could limit productivity gains. Will automatic milking provide a solution?

Robotic milking - Dairy farming is New Zealand's biggest industry. However, the labour-intensive nature of dairy farming could limit productivity gains. Will automatic milking provide a solution?

Potato plates - Potatopak is an innovative New Zealand company that makes disposable plates and trays from waste starch. These products are biodegradable and sustainable. In contrast, plastic disposable plates and containers are convenient and cheap, but they are not biodegradable and are made from limited petroleum stocks.

Potato plates - Potatopak is an innovative New Zealand company that makes biodegradable products. This story explores why and how Potatopak use waste potato starch to make disposable plates and trays.


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