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ESR is New Zealand's Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities. Our world-class knowledge, research and laboratory services help our partners and clients solve complex problems and protect people in New Zealand and around the world.

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The evolution of synthetic cannabinoids

The evolution of synthetic cannabinoids over the last five years has been rapidly changing. Synthetic cannabinoids such as AMB-FUBINACA have gained popularity in recent years. AMB-FUBINACA, not seen in New Zealand prior to 2016, is now the most prevalent synthetic cannabinoid...

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The role of natural coral sand in water quality

Can natural coral sand be used to overcome some of the wastewater and drinking water challenges in the Pacific islands?

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Raising Pasifika student achievement in science

ESR is contributing to an New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) advisory group to help lift Pasifika student achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

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Evidence based policing

ESR, New Zealand Police and the University of Waikato have joined forces to establish a world-class research centre to help better inform Police in their work to prevent crime and protect the public.

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Border to Grave

New psychoactive substances (also known as ‘synthetic cannabis’, ‘party pills’ and ‘legal highs’) are proliferating internationally at an unprecedented rate.

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Next generation DNA

As profiling of DNA, and its sister compound RNA, continues to evolve, ESR is at the forefront of research and development in this area with a thriving research programme and product development.

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