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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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Find out more about the work we do through the case studies below. Filter by science discipline for more specific results.

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Improving understanding of food safety risks associated with mahinga kai

ESR is developing an environmental risk assessment framework that can be used to determine if mahinga kai (wild food) at specific sites is safe for human consumption.

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Detection of pathogenic Yersinia in foods

ESR is researching ways to improve Yersinia laboratory methods so that potential food sources or reservoirs harbouring Yersinia can be identified.

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Investigating the causes of diarrhoeal illness

Every year 2.4 billion cases of diarrhoeal illness occur globally with 4.6 million cases in New Zealand.

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Safe New Zealand Seafood programme

ESR is contributing our science expertise to this seven year research programme led by the Cawthron Institute and funded by the Ministry of Business, Science and Innovation (MBIE).

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Te Mate Huka - Diabetes study

Reducing health inequalities and achieving health equity for Māori will depend on a better understanding of the science of implementation.

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Preserving Māori cultural assets

ESR partnered with Matatā based iwi Ngāti Rangitihi and 3D visualisation experts Blue Cube Consulting to co-develop a virtual marae visualisation platform named Te Rererunga (the ‘fly over’).

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