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NZ Scientists Win International Award Hat-Trick

NZ Scientists Win International Award Hat-Trick

New Zealand scientists scooped three of the five international awards on offer at the recent Wool Research Conference in the United Kingdom.

Four of the awards are chosen each year by Europe’s largest wool research institute, Deutsches Wollforschungsinstitut (DWI), and Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI). The fifth, for the best fundamental science paper presentation at the conference, judged on the basis of presentation, scientific content and project scope, was also sponsored by AWI.

The awards went to:

• Dr Simon Causer to conduct research into killing dust mites by freezing textile materials in household deep freezes. The allergens these mites produce are a major contributing factor to asthma and respiratory reactions (Excellence in Wool Science Award);

• Dr Jolon Dyer and Dr Scott Bringans for research into why woollens yellow in the sun (Excellence in Wool Science Award);

• Dr Susie Meade, Dr Jolon Dyer, Dr Jonathan Caldwell and Dr Warren Bryson for fundamental research into how to manipulate the properties of wool so it can be treated in the same way as cotton and synthetics (Best Fundamental Science Paper Presentation of the International Wool Research Conference (IWTRC))

Canesis Network CEO Mr Andrew MacPherson says the awards confirm Canesis Network’s position as international leaders in wool science. “We know from the calibre of our international research partnerships that we offer important breakthroughs for companies; it is a welcome bonus to have that recognition confirmed by our peers.”

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For background about each research project please refer to the Canesis Network website:

About Canesis Network Ltd

Canesis evolved from the Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand (WRONZ). It has an international reputation as a world-class provider of textile technology, research and development services. Based at Lincoln, near Christchurch, Canesis is the largest private, independent research and development company in New Zealand.

Canesis is 75 percent owned by Wool Equities Ltd, a publicly listed innovation company and 25 percent by Wool Research, a New Zealand wool industry incorporated society. For more information visit

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