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the full version of the article by Bob Edlin published in issue 50 read

Amendments to EPA HASNO Regulations…More

The Environmental Protection Authority is proposing to amend the HASNO Regulations and specifically the words around the definitions of what material is genetically modified and what is not. The purpose of the amendment is to clarify the wording around the chemical and radiation treatments used to induce mutations and therefore variability in germplasm. The wording is specific in that these were treatments in use prior to 1998 when the HASNO regulations came into effect. The Council of New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science sees these proposed changes as important and has called for comment from members as well as some invited experts.

Link to the pdf of our submission.


Welcome to The New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science (NZIAHS)

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  • the professional interests of members the views of professional agriculturalists & horticulturalists
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NZIAHS represents over 600 members covering all aspects of the primary sector including research and teaching in the Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), the universities and the private sector primary industry companies involved with the meat, wool, dairy, fertiliser and horticulture sectors; i>extension and management specialists and students. We have 11 corporate members including PGG Wrightson, DairyNZ, AGMARDT, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Horticulture New Zealand, Federated Farmers, AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, Catalyst R&D, Massey and Lincoln Universities.

Science in a Post-Truth Era
Political Forum
Thursday 24th August 2017
Bayliss Room, Lincoln Event Centre, Meijer Drive, Lincoln


Political Forum – Free of Charge


Link here for Canterbury and Political Forum Programme

Plant Science Central Conference

“Plants in a Changing Environment”

4 - 6 July 2017
Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

The New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science, the New Zealand Branch of the International Association of Plant Biotechnology and the New Zealand Society of Plant Biologists are jointly organising the Plant Science Central conference.

We’re bringing together a diverse range of research areas of interest to plant biologists from Universities, Research Institutes and Industry. We invite you to participate in what will be an exciting and information-packed conference.

Also invited are the Massey University Plant & Food Research Joint Graduate School for Horticulture and Food Innovation as well as the Manuka Research Council so we are expecting an exciting and information-packed meeting.

We invite you to attend this 3-day conference to be held in the Ag/Hort Lecture Block, Massey University, Palmerston North New Zealand from Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 July 2017.

Papers on any topic of interest to our members will be accepted but we anticipate sessions on:

Breeding for Complex Traits

Plants and their Environment

Postharvest Technologies

Plant Development

Biotechnology for Industry

Plants for Health

Germplasm conservation

Deadline abstract submission 10 May 2017


4 - 6 July 2017

Plant Science Central Conference “Plants in a Changing Environment”
Massey University, Palmerston North,
New Zealand

Link here
for further information and registation details

24 August 2017

Canterbury Forum
Science in a Post Truth Era & Political Forum
Bayliss Room
Lincoln Event Centre
Meijer Drive