Our global network

Plant & Food Research has a global network of research collaborators that supports our position as a world leader in our research field. Our collaborations with like-minded scientific organisations globally enable us to advance scientific understanding, as well as providing access to additional funding, resources and skills to complement our research programmes.

We collaborate with more than 100 organisations globally, and have formal relationships with a number of research institutes designed to further research in specific areas of beneficial interest.


Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) – network of 27 organisations globally to develop and deploy tools and knowledge to protect the Australia from the economic, environmental and social consequences of damaging invasive plant pests and diseases.

SITPlus – collaboration with CSIRO, Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited, the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia, the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and Macquarie University to develop a biological control for Queensland fruit fly.


China-New Zealand Joint Laboratory for Fruit Science – partnership with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science Zhengzhou Fruit Research Institute to develop tools and technologies to support the horticulture industry.

Joint Research Centre – partnership with the Yunnan Academy of Science & Technical Information and the Yunnan Red Pear Science & Technology Company to facilitate technology and innovation in Yunnan.

Joint Research & Development Laboratory to Unlock the Economic Value of Yunnan’s Diverse Endemic Plant Species – partnership with the Yunnan Academy of Forestry to support research into the health and wellbeing properties of native plants.

New Zealand-China Joint Laboratory for Kiwifruit Research – partnership with the Sichuan Provincial Academy of Natural Resource Sciences to support kiwifruit research and the conservation of native kiwifruit germplasm in China.


IRTA-Plant & Food Research Research & Innovation Unit (IPRIU) – partnership with Institut de Recerca I Tecnologia Agroalimentaries (IRTA) to develop tools and technologies to advance fruit breeding programmes. 

New Zealand

Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution – national Centre of Research Excellence studying the evolution of humans, animals, plants and diseases to secure the future of New Zealand’s biodiversity and improve human and environmental health.

Better Border Biosecurity – a multi-partner collaboration that conducts research to reduce the entry and establishment of new plant pests and disease in New Zealand.

Biopolymer Network – partnership with AgResearch and Scion to develop biopolymers, bio-base speciality chemicals, bio-composites, bio-foams and moulded structures based on materials from trees and plants.

Bio-Protection Research Centre – national Centre of Research Excellence finding innovative, natural and sustainable solutions to protect New Zealand’s plant-based, productive ecosystems from pests, diseases and weeds.

Bioresource Processing Alliance – partnership with AgResearch, Callaghan Innovation and Scion to develop high value products from low value biological resources, such as secondary by-products from primary industries.

FoodHQ – collaboration of New Zealand partners, based in Palmerston North, providing research to support the global food industry.

Lincoln Hub – collaboration of New Zealand partners, based in Lincoln, providing research to support land-based food industries.

New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre – partnership between New Zealand research providers conducting research and development into mitigation solutions for greenhouse gases.

Nutrigenomics New Zealand – multi-disciplinary partnership focused on building tools and technologies to support the food industry by providing validated research for use in product development and marketing.

Riddet Institute – national Centre of Research Excellence focused on food structure and digestive physiology.

Soil & Land Use Alliance – partnership with AgResearch, Landcare Research and Scion to deliver high quality soil and land use research that contributes to economic growth for New Zealand.

South Island Dairying Development Centre – partnership to accelerate dairying development in the South Island through the delivery of innovative, practical research, technical education, extension and training support.

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