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Environment case studies

This is just some of the research available from The University of Auckland through UniServices. 

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The Centre has the unique ability to develop specific microbial diagnostics, products and processes.  This includes directed food and beverage fermentation procedures and  components, food additives, food processing model systems and validation capability, wastewater treatment process prediction and enhancement tools, and environmental monitoring and assessment approaches.The CMI is supported by leading edge technical facilities in genomics and proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, bioinformatics and microfabrication.

Food colouring from a fermentative source - The aim of Dr Silas Villas-Boas’ research project has been to screen pigment-producing microbes from the New Zealand environment. The microbes selected are primarily isolated from stream water and as such they present considerable potential for production of food-grade pigments.

The Centre for Microbial Innovation uses specialised Research expertise to unravel the secrets of microbes and investigate how their behaviours can be exploited across fields as diverse as food, health, energy and the environment. The CMI is harnessing the vast capabilities of microorganisms to underpin sustainable management and development of New Zealand’s natural and economic resources.

An efficient and novel method for assessing stream ecosystem health based on molecular analysis of bacterial communities in stream biofilms.


  • Emissions Control Light Metals Research Centre (LMRC) has assembled a dedicated environmental projects team to provide technical support and technology development across energy efficiency and emissions control and management.

The industry is facing challenges including increasing operating costs, stricter environmental performance requirements and resource pressures that affect both energy consumption and productivity. The industry is also under pressure to use cleaner technologies and operating systems to reduce the large quantities of greenhouse gases and other harmful emissions it produces.  This is an area where the Light Metals Research Centre (LMRC) can deliver solutions.

  • The Energy CentreAn independent and balanced authority on New Zealand’s Energy Priorities and initiatives

The Energy Centre’s mission is to:
• undertake energy research and business and policy analysis and reviews that examine energy related issues important to New Zealand’s future
• report results and observations to the energy sector, government and academic communities
• provide energy related education
• offer a neutral venue for dialog about critical issues and problems confronting New Zealand’s energy future

The Energy Centre’s programme is supported by the Energy Education Trust of New Zealand and several energy sector sponsors.

Green Chemistry is a special type of pollution prevention that aims to eliminate pollution through the invention of new industrial processes that do not use or produce  environmentally harmful substances.

Green Chemistry is a special type of pollution prevention that aims to eliminate pollution through the invention of new industrial processes that do not use or produce environmentally harmful substances. 

The Green Oxidation Enterprise of New Zealand (GOENZ) is an international partnership that specialises in the development and application of a unique catalytic green oxidation platform known as TAML®.  This partnership is comprised of The University of Auckland (UniServices), Scion (Rotorua, NZ) and GreenOx Ltd (Pittsburgh, USA).

Our research helps communities prepare for, and rebuild after, a disaster. We understand what happens to soils during earthquakes, how buildings and other structures respond to earthquakes, how to optimise emergency responses to natural disasters, and how communities rebuild and recover after a disaster event