Student Achievements

Christine Fenton M.Sc.

Michael Fenton M.Sc., Dip.Tchg

A summary of the activities of the Nexus Research Group from 1997 to 2003.


Christine and Michael Fenton encourage students of all ages to develop a passion for learning and problem solving. As a means of promoting science, they set up and managed the Nexus Research Group voluntarily, donating their time and expertise over many years, on top of work and family commitments. They have a wealth of teaching and research experience to draw upon, becoming known for their innovative approach in science & technology education.

They are proud and honoured to have been associated with Dr Sir William Pickering, former head of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and widely recognised as responsible for America's success in exploring the planets, as patron of the Nexus Research Group.

Christine and Michael continue to develop and promote alternative educational pathways for school age students and have been sought after for advice from all around New Zealand. The "fast-track" programs are about to be published as case studies in the Careers Advice and Gifted Children sections of this website.

September 1997...the vision of things to come...

First NPBHS newsletter item:

"At the start of Term Four a Research Group was started involving 20 students from Year 9 to Year 13. The group is supervised by two scientists, Mr Michael Fenton and Mrs Christine Fenton. Mr Mike Goble is the Information Technology consultant.

The aim is to foster a lively curiosity about the world we live in by providing challenging and stimulating learning experiences through real on-going scientific investigations. The emphasis is on developing problem solving skills, manipulation skills, analytical skills, and communication skills. Working in the group will provide an insight for students interested in attending university or provide work experience for the job market. It is intended that students will be able to visit industrial, medical and research laboratories, prepare and give lectures (firstly to those in the group and then to outside audiences) and prepare material for publication.

The group also hopes to act as an outpost for various University research groups. Students work as part of a team as either a technician, programmer or researcher where safety, honesty, trustworthiness and co-operation are expected to the highest standard.

Some of the things the students are involved in are AIDS research, educational games programming, microbiology research, genetics studies, and the construction of science kits for classroom use.

Founding members for 1997 are Martin Soh, Karan Sumbaly, Ian Luxmore, Rowan McCaffrey, Nilan Ekanayake, Gareth Godfrey, Ben Carter, Jeff Mercer, Tim Parsons, Mark Honnor, Laurie Neville, Bruce Corbett, Colin White, Jared Kyle, Chamila Kiriwattuduwa, Sayuj, Joe Kirkwood, and Oh Harris.

The Group would like to thank all those staff and members of the community who have donated computer equipment, software and other equipment without which none of this work could be carried out. "

1998...the first bit of publicity...

Nexus Research Group website initial development:

"Welcome to New Zealand's only High School based research lab. Volunteers carry out on-going investigations as a researcher, programmer or technician. They attend conferences, give seminars, build equipment, create software and visit other scientific laboratories.

This research group is an extra-curricula activity which means that the students volunteer to use their own time out of class to get the projects completed. They become part of real on-going scientific investigations as a researcher, programmer or technician. This involves signing a code of conduct agreement and receiving a photo-identification access card. This is to ensure that projects do not interfere with other school work, experiments are carried out safely, and that procedures meet the standards required by the international scientific community. In return students choose their own project and gain access to a network of advisers from various educational, research and industrial agencies both nationally and overseas. The network is always expanding and includes Christine Fenton (NZ's authority on Caulobacter) and Alvin Smith (a world authority on Caliciviruses)"

Daily News article: September 9. "Lunch-time scientists too busy for tuck shop"

1999...the first two research publications from students...

From NPBHS newsletter:

1. Congratulations to Nexus researcher Jared Broad on his highly successful efforts at the Kiwi Dairies Science Fair. Awarded a First in his section and receiving two special awards, he was also the top student overall representing New Plymouth Boys' High School. He also received the Kiwi Dairies Nexus Research Prize for Scientific Excellence.

2. We were amongst other leading national and international scientists able to attend the New Zealand Microbiological Society conference held at Otago University from the 23rd to 26th of November. Conference convenor Dr Greg Cook was reported in the Otago Daily Times as saying that the two research posters we presented were "brilliant". Nexus co-supervisor Christine Fenton is NZ's leading authority on Caulobacter and the poster presented in conjunction with Form Five student Kelly Stewart was well recieved.

Otago Daily Times: Schoolboy Scientist Impresses Meeting: By JOHN GIBB. Jared Broad may be only 15 but his plans to become a career scientist should be taken seriously. Jared, a fourth former at New Plymouth Boys High School, raised eyebrows at the New Zealand Microbiological Society Conference in Dunedin this week with his contributions to two scientific poster presentations. He took high magnification photographs of small organisms, showing the value of a low-cost digital camera system, used in one poster. He also contributed to a second poster on the isolation and analysis of a species of micro-organism believed to play a significant indirect role in transferring antibiotic resistance to humans. The presentations were made in association with the Nexus Research Group, run by Michael Fenton, a science and chemistry teacher at the New Plymouth school. Mr Fenton said Jared's conference involvement was ground-breaking. Fifth former Kelly Stewart had also been involved in the research, but could not attend. For secondary school pupils to put up their findings for review by the general scientific community was normally unheard of, he said. Jared said he planned to pursue a career as a scientist. Conference convener Dr Greg Cook said Jared was the youngest participant he had met at any scientific conference. His efforts were brilliant and other research contributions by university students at the conference were also impressive, Dr Cook said.

2000...preparing for a return to the NZMS conference next year...

From NPBHS newsletter:

Jared Broad had a mission to complete for the Ball Committee. He was asked to design the software for the giant Mission Control wall display, complete with countdown timer and world map tracking the progress of the Secret Agents during the Ball. It would be fair to say that atmosphere created in the Hall wouldn't have been the same without it.

The new Windwand website to promote Taranaki is the brain-child of Lila Smith. The Nexus students have been given sole responsibility of submitting the site to search engines world-wide. This has resulted in NPBHS and the students gaining public acknowledgement at many public meetings attended by Lila.

Further afield, the international Seimens Science company is using some of the new genetics protocols we developed and published on the website to produce an international multimedia Gene Technology package. We have also received more contacts from overseas research labs and students wanting technical information.

After the success of the research posters presented at the Otago conference last year, we have the chance to get nearly all of our students involved with outside institutions or industries. Our students can look forward to becoming part of:
  • the creation and publication of Biotechnology, Health and Disease curriculum resource kits.
  • webpage design for the regional Science Fair & creation of a promotional CD-ROM.
  • revival and modernisation of the former school amateur radio station
  • construction of a school Solar observatory with links to NASA
  • earthquake monitoring and remote sensing.
  • discovering microbes that will breakdown oil pollution

Volunteer holiday work at an institution of a students choosing. This should help the student gain a more realistic expectation of the requirements and nature of a possible future career. There are many more opportunities that are not listed. Some of these types of projects, while worthy, have not been carried out by other commercial or research labs. This is due to limited research funds, other projects usually being given a higher priority for political or economic reasons. Within limits, this is our chance to do some real science and make a real difference. Our students benefit, and potentially the rest of the community. Lastly, we have received three awards for the website.

2001...NZMS conference guest speaker, Royal Society interest, first gifted extension programme trial...

From NPBHS newsletter:

"1. Conference success: The New Zealand Microbiological Society conference was held in Wellington from the 18th to 21st of November. This conference involves research and developments in medicine, the environment, the food industry, biotechnology and genetics. Many experts nationally and internationally are invited to present their work, usually in the form of research posters. Jared Broad had the privilege of addressing the conference delegates as a guest speaker. Third form student Tobias Montagna-Hay also attended to help present a research poster co-authored by Andrew Raynes. The research presented by the NRG in 1999 was the inspiration for a 2-hour session of presentations about the teaching of Microbiology in New Zealand High Schools. It is exciting to see that such young students have been an important influence in academic circles. Our students hold the record for being the youngest presenters at an international science conference.

2. The Royal Society of New Zealand has presented some of our work presented at the NZMS conference to the Ministry of Education, an indication of the significance of the work completed.

3. Science Fair The ID Card Scanner developed by Jared Broad proved to be a winner in many ways. The device scans an ID card when activated by a touch plate and can then activate any other devices attached to it. It was a winner with the judges who gave Jared First Prize in the Technological Development section of the Fair. It was also a winner with the public, with many students who got a "buzz" out of trying out the system for themselves.

4. Senior Ball special effects: Once again we have been happy to assist with some "special effects" props for this years Senior Ball. Last year we provided the Mission:Impossible look-alike world map that tracked the movements of the secret agents as well as the ID scanner. This year as usual we were sworn to secrecy by the Ball Committee

5. We have won our fifth award for our website. For those yet to visit our site, have a look at the original research we have carried out and the amateur science experiments you can do at home. Play the first of the on-line games or read the 25 latest news stories in Science, Health and Information Technology updated daily from around the world. "

The littlest student:

8 year old Jamie sits School Certificate Science as part of a trial exploring balancing her academic needs versus with socialising with students her age. Bell Block Primary School is very supportive and co-operative with part-time home schooling to accomplish this.

2002..."Fast-track" programme trial continues for Secondary as well as Primary students...and the first NRG workshops with WITT...

Nexus puts Taranaki students on course. By HUGH CHALMERS.

Ryan Hill was a high achiever at school, who blitzed School Certificate subjects with three A passes. But Ryan was bored. The New Plymouth student hated the sixth form subjects that were compulsory and he wanted to specialise in science, especially genetics. The system just didn't allow him to do it. So he left, but hasn't dropped out. At 16, Ryan is now studying his first university papers at Western Institute of Technology (Witt). What allowed him to change his learning direction is a newly developed approach to secondary education in Taranaki. Inglewood teacher Michael Fenton has created a programme called Nexus Research Group Charitable Trust, which is a way of helping students connect with careers they want to follow. Under the Nexus system, students are guided to the right contacts so they can prepare themselves for their chosen career paths.

Mr Fenton, the head of physics at Inglewood High School, voluntarily helps children of all ages find ways to excel in their chosen career path. He has contacts around New Zealand who can assist students in their chosen paths. Mr Fenton said Nexus used to be science-based when it was first established in 1997, but now students could pursue any academic or career area. "There are plenty of opportunities. We will help wherever we can." Mr Fenton said Nexus students from 1999 and 2001 had the record for being the youngest presenters at international science conferences. Nexus, which now had dozens of students, was a non-profit, charitable organisation looking for funding or local support from community, he said. "We've had interest from Auckland. Apparently, it is the only one in the Southern Hemisphere." Three other teachers involved with Nexus are Heather Moore, head of nursing at WITT, Marie Barret, principal of St John Bosco Primary School, and Christine Fenton, a course co-ordinator at WITT's science department. Ms Moore said WITT had given Nexus students access to science labs to help them with projects. Now that Nexus was broadening from just science, Witt planned to broaden its assistance to any area students wanted. New Plymouth Mayor Peter Tennent said he endorsed and applauded what they were doing as a group: "It's one of the benefits of living in Taranaki that people give a hoot about children." Meanwhile, Ryan said he was happy studying at WITT. He was now meeting interesting people and wanted to pursue a career in genetics. "Now I know where I want to go in life"

Gore Galore: By GLENN MCLEAN

New Plymouth police called in 25 students to investigate the vicious murder of a wheelchair- bound man in the city yesterday. The investigation centred on a small classroom in the middle of the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (Witt), where the man's body was found surrounded by large pools of blood. Despite the horrific nature of the crime, Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Coward calmly gave the students instructions on how to approach the scene. The majority of the students seemed unfazed by the huge amount of forensic work that lay ahead. Instead, most were satisfied that the three-day course that they had signed up had only cost them $40.

The murder scene was, after all, set up as part of the first CSI Forensics course offered at Witt. Spokesperson Christine Fenton said the course, which was set up to promote science at the polytech, had proved extremely popular. The first course was full within hours of applications being opened, forcing tutors to schedule another three-day course next week. "Even that filled up so quickly we've had to turn away people," said Mrs Fenton. The students would spend the three days undertaking lectures from senior police, learning fingerprint and blood sampling techniques, criminal photography and forensic science. Mrs Fenton said students ranged in age from 13 to some people in their mid-60s.

From the NRG website: School Certificate is New Zealand's national examination for Year 11 (Form Five) students at the end of their third year at High School. Jamie Fenton, who was 8 years old, is the youngest person in the history of the examination to pass a School Certificate subject. She thought the three-hour Science exam was fun and is currently completing papers at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki while also attending her local Primary School. She highlights the balance between keeping the mind stimulated and still being able to socialise with an appropriate peer group.

One of the NRG physics projects won the Best in Fair prize at the NZMP Taranaki Science and Technology Fair. Form Three (Year 9) student Jithan Varma travelled to Auckland to represent our region at the New Zealand National Fair.

Also in that same year Jargil Santos (Year 12) was selected to attend the Genesis Research National Science and Technology Forum in Auckland.

The first of the Summer School workshops ran at the end of 2002 at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki. The Crime Scene Investigation course attracted students from all over Taranaki, including two investigators from the New Zealand Fire Service.

2003..."Fast-track" programme trial success...

From the NRG website:

In 2003 Jargil, a Seventh Form (Year 13) student was selected as one of only 6 in New Zealand by The Royal Society to attend the Prof. Harry Messel International Science School in Sydney.

Jared Broad passed the tough entry requirements for a BioEngineering course in Auckland, due in part to his successful Nexus research activities.

Inglewood High School has made Nexus projects part of the Year 12 Physics and Year 13 Physics courses. As a result the students dominated the Senior Technology section of the Fontera Science and Technology Fair that year and featured on the 7Taranaki TV programme. Year 12 Physics student Andrew Downes won a Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) Scholarship worth $3500 while Year 11 Science students Sonia Dunn and Tessa Munro won a $1000 Tertiary Study Scholarship.

Find the winning projects here...

Nexus also had a display to promote Science and Technology with a full-scale TARDIS console with flashing lights, onboard games and Solar System Naviogator! It was extremely popular as the photos show, and many NRG students took turns to "man" the dsplay. Great fun!

Ten year old Jamie graduated from WITT with a Certificate in Science Studies, having passed most of the Level 2 and Level 3 papers with A's. Because of her high level of achievement she also received the Science Departments award for consistent high standards.

Off to a great start in 2004 is Ryan Hill who was the first Nexus student to trial a "fast-track" programme of study at WITT. He gained a Diploma of Applied Science while working part-time in a lab and has been exempted the first year of a B.Sc degree at Otago University and will go straight into second year. The classmates he left behind at High School have only just finished Year 13 and are about to begin their first year of study at University, without the work experience, qualifications or savings Ryan has acquired!

2005..."Science Big Day Out" to assist the Science Fair...Careers Expo invasion...

Science Big Day Out: The whole Fenton family gets in on the act to organise and take part in an enrichment/extension programme to assist the Taranaki Science Fair organising committee. The idea is to give the students attending the Fair some engaging and stimulating activities across the road at WITT while the judging is going on in the morning.

Approximately 250 Science Fair students were busy programming computer games, dissecting piglets, taking part in a light hearted quiz or one of the other great activities. Students of all ages reported that this was a valuable experience and was quite different from the usual practice of waiting at the venue while judging occurred. They even thought Michaels quiz session jokes were funny! The hugely successful "Science Big Day Out" at WITT was to be run again in 2006 but due to the closure of the Science labs this was held instead at Puke Ariki with a cut-down range of activities to suit the venue.

Careers Expo: In a whirl of activity the Fentons built a time machine and an alien creature...almost! Using popular movies or TV shows such as Dr Who as a theme can get students and teachers excited about learning, not just for exams, but also to create something in the real world. A reliable source told us that some people went to the Expo just to see the Dalek and TARDIS! Piloted by the older Fenton girls, the Dalek is a hands on vehicle to encourage students and teachers to develop practical skills and make their ideas a reality...with help from experts if needed! For physics teachers or primary teachers, the circuitry was very straight forward and a great example of where parallel and series circuits are appropriate.


Michael Fenton:

  • New Zealand Ministry of Education E-Learning Fellow (2008)
  • Microsoft New Zealand Partners in Learning Innovative Teacher (2008)
  • New Zealand INTERFACE magazine 'Best use of ICT in teaching' finalist (2008)
  • Daily News The Wow! Factor "Mad Scientist of the Year" (2007)

Christine Fenton:

  • Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki Research Leadership Award (2009)
  • Waikato Doctoral Scholar (2008, 2009)


2009 North Taranaki Midweek, June 24. Robots test skills;

2009 Taranaki Culture: fresh out of the box. Edited by Susette Goldsmith. Published by Puke Ariki, New Plymouth, New Zealand.

2009 Daily News, 8 June. "WITT work in gallery spotlight"

2009 Game Maker Technology Magazine Issue 16, June. "Game Maker in Schools"

2009 North Taranaki Midweek, May 20. School radio station a tool for learning

2009 Daily News, 6 May. "High school teachers bound for Asia"

2009 New Zealand Doctor, April 22. "Official HPV DVD gets 'not achieved'

2009 North and South, March. Making school work

2009 Daily News, February 18. School science gains an F

2008 The Press, Christchurch, November 29. Papers: must try harder

2008 Stratford Press, October 29. Finding the missing link

2008 EDUVAC Education Weekly, October 20. Award for Inglewood innovator

2008 North Taranaki Midweek, October 15. Innovation has its rewards for teacher

2008 Daily News, October 16. Invention one out of the box

2008 Daily News, April 30. Shining a light on the future

2007 Daily News, December 26. The Wow! Factor "Mad Scientist of the Year"

2007 Ministry of Education Press Release, October 10 Innovative teachers to explore new technology horizons

2007 Daily News, June 4 "Teacher's invention makes a lot of sensor" - RIGEL system main feature in the Breakthroughs section

2007 Daily News, June 4 "Science-fiction fuelled Dad" - other things Michael makes for his children

2005 Daily News, November 2 "Avian flu action plans outlined"

2005 Daily News, October 1 "Special projects keep girls at school " - using WITT science facilities for gifted children.

2005 Daily News, August 27 "Career search quite a science" - using WITT science facilities for NCEA practical work.

2005 Daily News, August 18 "Timeless Robot" - Bell Block School pupils get a visit from a Dalek!

2005 Daily News, June 4 "Robots inspiring young engineers" - Mike's Cybot as example of cross discipline co-operation to run novel courses for school students.

2004 Daily News, December 15 "WITT scores lab testing deal" using WITT science facilities for work of natioanl significance to the dairy industry.

2004 Daily News, August 20 "Dissection just one tasks for studenmts" - using WITT science facilities for STAR practical work.

2003 Daily News, December 19 "Jamie aims higher than the lab bench" - 10 year old Jamie graduates from the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki. She also receives the Science Departments award for consistent high standards.

2003 The North Taranaki Midweek, November 5. "Website of wonders"

2003 Daily News, October 7. "Smiling Scientist" - 10 year old Jamie passes 12 Tertiary level papers studying part-time over two years.

2003 Daily News, August 13. "Laser Wars shines at Science Fair" - featuring the innovative Laser Wars combat game

2003 Kiwi in Taranaki CDROM and booklet. May. Taranaki Kiwi Trust

2002 Daily News December 12 CSI course - "Gore galore in latest WITT course". Christine and Michael run Taranaki's first Crime scence Investigation course with police co-operation and input from the New Plymouth CIB.

2002 Daily News November 22  Jamie Fenton at WITT - "Jamie (9) needs to take an education fast-track"

2002 Daily News August 27 "Nexus puts Taranaki students on course"

2002 About Kids. Issue 9 March/April. "Gifted children"

2002 Daily News January 22 Jamie Fenton passes School Certificate Science

2001 Daily News November 22 Jamie Fenton "Jamie proves she's a cert for bright future"

2001 TKI website (Min of Ed),“gifted children.” Section

2000 Educational / Key resource awards for the Nexus Research Group website.

2000 The School Daily magazine, June

1999 Eduvac, The Education Weekly, December. "Scientists impressed by New Plymouth school research"

1999 Otago Daily News, November 26. "Schoolboy scientist impresses meeting" - Jared Broad, 14, is the youngest researcher at an international Microbiology Society conference held at Otago University.

1999 Daily News, November 26. "Bug study earns accolades"

1999 The North Taranaki Midweeker, August 12. "Nexus Research Group"

1998 Daily News, September 9. "Lunch-time scientists too busy for tuck shop"

1991 New Zealand Microbiological Society award for best oral presentation of a scientific paper at the Wellington Annual Conference.


Winter, M., Anderson, D., Fenton, M. and Glasson, B. 2010. Supporting the Primary Science Teacher Fellows - Transforming Primary Science. SciCon 2010 conference, Nelson, July.

Fenton, M. 2010. New Zealand INTERFACE, 22, March. Getting digital and dirty in maths and science

Fenton, M. 2009. RIGEL - Learning from Life: Communities of learning via a connected curriculum. Microsoft Partners in Learning Regional Innovative Teachers conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 26th -29th.

Fenton, M. 2009. Ministry of Health vaccine DVD gets a Not Achieved - cause of concern for 2009 NCEA science exam.

Fenton, M. 2009. Did the Ministry of Health and schools share data in breach of the Privacy Act? Opinion column.

Fenton, M. 2009. New Zealand INTERFACE, Vol 19, No.761. Teaching and the F-word.

Fenton, C. 2009. Waikato Doctoral Scholar Christine Fenton Education blog

Fenton, M. 2008. Authentic learning using mobile sensor technology with reflections on the state of science education in New Zealand 2008 eLearning research report:

Fenton, M. 2008. Pedagogy and student involvement. In Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Generation (EnviroPower) Pilot - Completion Report. Venture Taranaki Trust.

Fenton, M. 2008. Understanding versus Knowledge…the new role of ICT and eLearning Opinion column.

Fenton, M. 2007. Interactive ICT tools for Mathematics, Science and Robotics - getting the most from Game Maker. New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers conference at St Cuthberts, September 25th - 28th.

Fenton, M. 2007. Eduvac, The Education Weekly, Vol 18, No.709. "Innovative ICT black box"

Fenton, C.D. 2007. The NZ Science Teachers Journal. (Term 2, Number 115). Microbiology Misconceptions in Secondary School Science.

Fenton, C.D. 2007. New Zealand BioScience. (Vol16, No.2). What are we teaching?

Fenton, C.D. 2006. New Zealand BioScience. (Vol15, No.3). Education - The Scholastic Era.

Fenton, C.D. 2006. New Zealand BioScience. (Vol15, No.1). Education - A Collective Responsibility.

Fenton, C.D. 2004. Convenor. Report of Special Education Interest Group to the New Zealand Microbiological Society Annual General Meeting. NZMS Special Interest Group in Education. Microbes Outside the Square Conference. Palmerston North.

Fenton, C.D. 2004. Assessment of Practical Skills in Tertiary Science. New Zealand Microbiology Society Conference. Palmerston North.

Fenton, M and Fenton, C.D. 2004. The NZ Science Teachers Journal. (Term 1, Number 105). Bill Pickering, rocket scientist.

Fenton, M and Fenton, C.D. 2003. The NZ Science Teachers Journal. (Term 3, Number 103). DNA and Genetic Engineering

Fenton, C.D. 2002. New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE) Science Teachers Journal, Term Two) Teaching Under the Microscope.

Broad, J., and Fenton, M. 2001 Education under the Microscope. Proceedings of the New Zealand Microbiological Society Wellington, New Zealand.

Fenton, C.D., Fenton, M., Raynes, A.. 2001. Microbiology Misconceptions in Secondary Schools. New Zealand Microbiological Society conference in Wellington, November 18th - 21st

  • The Royal Society expressed particular interest in the last paper above, presenting our findings to the Ministry of Education.

Fenton, C.D. 2000. Highlights of the Nexus Research Group. The Good Teacher, Term One

Fenton, M., Fenton C.D. 2000. The Nexus Research Group - learning is a challenge not a chore. Presented at Scicon 2000 June 7-11 Massey University.

Fenton, M. Fenton, C.D., Stewart, K. 1999. The Isolation and Characterisation of Caulobacter species in New Zealand Waterways. New Zealand Microbiological Society conference at Otago University, November 23rd - 26th

Broad, J., Fenton, C.D., Fenton, M. 1999. Light Photomicroscopy Using an Internet Webcam Digital Camera. New Zealand Microbiological Society conference at Otago University, November 23rd - 26th

Fenton, C.D. 1999. The NZ Science Teachers Journal. (Term 1).NEXUS.

Fenton, C.D. 1999. The Nexus Research Group. The Good Teacher, Term Two

Fenton, C.D. October 30 1996. Playcentre has much to offer all ages. Ruapehu Press, Taumarunui.

Brown,T.J., Kelly,P.J., Ionas, G., Clarke, J.M., Fenton, M., Pickering, M. 1994. Giardia and Giardiasis in New Zealand.  In Thompson,Reynoldson & Lymbery, (eds). Giardia: From Molecules to Disease. p124-125.

Fenton, M. 1994. The Expression in Soil Bacteria of the Symbiotic Genes from Rhizobium leguminosarum Biovar trifolii. M.Sc. thesis, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Fenton, C. D. 1994. The Isolation and Characterisation of Caulobacter from Manawatu Water Systems. M.Sc. thesis, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Jarvis, B.D.W., and Fenton, M.1994. Expression of the Symbiotic Plasmid From Rhizobium leguminosarum Biovar trifolii in Sphingobacterium multivorum. Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 40:873-879

Jarvis, B.D.W., and Tighe, S.W.1994.Rapid Identification of Rhizobium Species Based on Cellular Fatty Acid Analysis.  Plant and Soil

Rao, J.R., Fenton, M., and Jarvis B.D.W. 1994. Symbiotic Plasmid Transfer in  Rhizobium leguminosarum Biovar trifolii and Competition Between the Inoculant Strain ICMP2163 and Transconjugant Soil Bacteria. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 26:339-351.

Fenton, C.D. August 26, 1991. Spectacular Success…and Sorrow Too. New Zealand's Woman's Weekly.

Fenton, M., and Jarvis, B.D.W. 1991. Plasmid Transfer in Soil / Plant Environments. New Zealand Microbiological Society newsletter, August


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