Go to our new-look site, it combines the Biotechnology and Science Learning Hubs with a new look and new functionality. This is our legacy site and is no longer maintained.

Skip to page content

Site navigation


Did You Know

See below for a list of ‘Did You Know’ articles relating to Biotech and taonga.

Did you ever wonder why whitebait don't get sunburnt? They have a sun protection factor (SPF).

The greenshell mussel ( Perna canaliculus) is native to New Zealand is not found anywhere else in the world.

Pāua grow larger in cold water than in warm water.

Pāua produce a pearl in the same way that oysters do. The pearl is a striking blue colour.

New Zealand has more than 600 varieties of seaweed. There are three different genuses (types) of seaweed grown commercially in New Zealand.

Hundreds of animals and plants make antibiotics, a relatively small number of which are clinically useful.

Harakeke is excellent at filtering minerals out of waste water and therefore helps to clean water systems.

Return to top