Introduction from Philippa Stevens, GM Science Bioprotection
"New Zealand has an ideal climate for growing plants and this natural advantage underpins a range of export-focused industries. While New Zealand’s physical isolation in the South Pacific has created challenges in terms of transporting fresh produce to distant markets, it has also meant that there are relatively few introduced pests and diseases to contend with.
"To be a successful producer and exporter of horticultural products, it is essential that pests and diseases are effectively managed using economically, environmentally and socially acceptable methods. In addition, to protect the future success of horticultural industries, it is essential that new pests and diseases are prevented from establishing in New Zealand. Our vision is for industries to have assured market access as a result of biologically and ecologically based methods of pest and disease control that are resilient in the face of incursions, regulatory and climatic changes. We also seek to use science to strengthen New Zealand's biosecurity system.
"The approximately 160 Bioprotection researchers at Plant & Food Research work closely with industries to addresses these challenges. Research capabilities are organised into four groups located across nine locations to align with regions where crops are grown."
Philippa Stevens, General Manager Science
Andrea Bourhill, Operations Manager
Dr Louise Malone, Science Group Leader
Dr Erik Rikkerink, Science Group Leader
Dr Max Suckling, Science Group Leader
Pathology & Applied Mycology
Suvi Vijanen, Science Group Leader
Barbara Waddell, Business Manager
Declan Graham, Business Manager
Megan Jones, Business Manager
Dr Claire Hall, Business Manager