New Zealand’s traditional knowledge
Combining traditional knowledge with science has the potential to develop new biotechnologies. For instance, harakeke (flax) has a long history of use by Māori as a strong fibre for weaving and as(remedies) to treat wounds or stomach upsets. New Zealand company is working with Māori to better understand their traditional uses of harakeke and to develop new uses.
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New Zealand’s natural resources
Biotechnology and sustainability
While science is finding new uses for New Zealand’s natural resources, we are also finding ways to look after them in a responsible andway. For example, using honey as a wound-care product has significantly increased the value of mānuka and caused a conscious effort to maintain areas of native mānuka bush.
People have been using honey to treat illnesses for thousands of years, find out more about using honey to heal.