The One Billion Trees Programme is providing a funding boost of $422,500 for research – led by Scion in partnership with other Bay of Plenty organizations – to identify more effective native seedling propagation techniques and technology.
"We have a significant amount of money available for partnerships like this that focus on reducing the barriers to tree planting through research, innovation or sector development. This project ticks all of those boxes.
"The aim is to understand what is and isn't working and address those key issues including seedling survivability and how to create more efficient ways to produce good quality native seedlings.
"What's important about this partnership is that it goes beyond just theory. Scion's aim is to ensure their research into improving native seedling propagation is scalable and available to the industry at large," Shane Jones said.
"This funding boost will accelerate the planting of native trees through improved and cost-effective propagation technologies. Our unique nursery research facilities combined with our other research capabilities in bioproducts allows us to pursue a more sustainable approach for New Zealand."
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)