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New Zealand places great importance on protecting its native ecosystem: biosecurity is about keeping unwanted organisms out. Pic:iStock/domenolomo

New Zealand wine industry signs biosecurity partnership

By Rachel ARTHUR

New Zealand’s wine industry has signed the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for Biosecurity Readiness and Response: an agreement that looks at pests and diseases and sets out actions to minimize risks. 

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Japanese e-commerce site allows customers to choose by aroma

By RJ Whitehead

A Japanese company that designs and develops small odour-imaging sensors is in the final stages of testing what it claims to be the world’s first e-commerce website on which consumers can search and select products by aroma.

Marcia Pires, polymer science researcher, Braskem.

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Braskem packaging changes color if a product is unfit for consumption

By Jenny EAGLE

Thermoplastic resin producer Braskem has partnered with Clemson University in the US and Rio Grande do Sul Federal University (UFRGS) in Brazil to create intelligent packaging which can change color if a product is unfit for consumption.

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Tea genome: How a single leaf can produce so many flavours

By RJ Whitehead

Despite tea’s immense cultural and economic significance, relatively little is known about the shrub behind the tea leaves. Yet news of the first mapping of the tea tree genome may help explain how tea leaves are so rich in antioxidants and caffeine,...

Brewers tend to ignore yeast's potential - a mistake given its impressive biodiversity, says Renaissance BioScience. Pic:iStock/AkkharatJarusilawong

Breeding improved brewer’s yeast – and brewing quality beer

By Jason Hung, Zachari Turgeon, and Matthew Dahabieh: Renaissance BioScience Corp.

The biodiversity of yeast is an incredibly powerful force capable of not only profoundly shaping the utility of yeast, but also is the foundation of a global beer industry estimated by Canadean at more than US $700 billion. 

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