Scientists have slammed the “senseless” destruction of hundreds of genetically-engineered pine trees during a break-in at a Rotorua plantation.
Scion planted 375 radiata pines last year to test herbicide resistance and study reproductive development.
The company said damage to the trees, which occurred over the Easter Weekend, will cost around $400,000.
Scion Chief Executive Dr Warren Parker describes this as a blatant act of vandalism designed to end Scion’s genetic modification research programme.
Now no one has claimed responsibility for the vandalism yet – which is not surprising, as they will presumably be arrested. But like with the stickers in the election, will there be links to the Green Party, and even the parliamentary wing?
Will the Greens come out and condemn this attack?