Staff Profile

Dr Gavin Ross
Group General Manager, Marketing & Innovation

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Dr Gavin Ross


BSc (Hons), Plant Physiology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
PhD, Plant Physiology, The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK


Gavin leads the Marketing & Innovation Strategic Unit, which champions excellence in customer relationships, creates new business models and enhances our brand.


2009-2018 General Manager Business Development, Plant & Food Research, New Zealand
2005-2009 Vice President Business Development, Plant & Food Research USA, USA
2003-2005 Head of Business Development, AgriGenesis Biosciences, New Zealand
2002-2003 Business Development Leader, HortResearch, New Zealand
2001-2002 General Manager Plant Genomics, HortResearch, New Zealand
1996-1999 Science Manager Postharvest & Food Science, HortResearch, New Zealand
1988-1996 Research Scientist, HortResearch, New Zealand

Professional Memberships

Past President, New Zealand Society of Plant Physiologists
Acting Chair, NZBio Inc

Key Publications

Crowhurst RN, Gleave AP, MacRae EA, Ampomah-Dwamena C, Atkinson RG, Beuning LL, Bulley SM, Chagne D, Marsh KB, Matich AJ, Montefiori M, Newcomb RD, Schaffer RJ, Usadel B, Allan AC, Boldingh HL, Bowen JH, Davy MW, Eckloff R, Ferguson AR, Fraser LG, Gera E, Hellens RP, Janssen BJ, Klages K, Lo KR, MacDiarmid RM, Nain B, McNeilage MA, Rassam M, Richardson AC, Rikkerink EHA, Ross GS, Schroder RA, Snowden KC, Souleyre EJF, Templeton MD, Walton EF Wang D, Wang MY, Wang YY, Wood M, Wu R, Yauk Y-K, Laing WA (2008). Analysis of expressed sequence tags from actinidia: applications of a cross species EST database for gene discovery in the areas of flavor, health, color and ripening. BMC Genomics 2008, 9:351

Newcomb RD, Ross N Crowhurst, Andrew P. Gleave, Erik H.A. Rikkerink, Andrew C. Allan, Lesley L. Beuning, Judith H. Bowen, Emma Gera, Kim R. Jamieson, Bart J. Janssen, William A. Laing, Steve McArtney, Bhawana Nain, Gavin S. Ross, Kimberley C. Snowden, Edwige J.F. Souleyre, Eric F. Walton, and Yar-Khing Yauk (2006). Analyses of Expressed Sequence Tags from Apple (Malus x domestica) . Plant Physiology 141: 147-166.

Wang Z-Y, MacRae EA, Wright MA, Bolitho KM, Ross GS, Atkinson RG (2000). Polyglacturonase gene expression in kiwifruit; relationship to fruit softening and ethylene production. Plant Molecular Biology 42: 317-328.

Atkinson RG.,. Bolitho KM, Wright MA., Iturriagagoitia-Bueno T, Reid SJ, Ross GS (1998) Apple ACC-oxidase and polygalacturonase: Ripening-specific gene expression and promoter analysis in transgenic tomato. Plant Molecular Biology 38: 449-460.