We use knowledge of plant genomics to inform our breeding decisions and accelerate development of new cultivars.
Plant & Food Research is building knowledge of the genes and molecular mechanisms that control key consumer and agronomic characteristics in plants using skills in:
- Gene discovery and function
- DNA extraction, cloning and deep sequencing
- Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)
- Plant transformation, including transient assay systems and novel DNA vector development
- Dihaploid production for genome screening.
Our researchers have access to the best available tools and resources, including microarray facilities and robotic high throughput qPCR. We have extensive containment facilities, including the New Zealand Controlled Environment Laboratory with rooms that can be controlled for temperature, humidity, light and carbon dioxide (CO2), and a new glasshouse with capacity for full size trees.
Our researchers are members of several global genome sequencing consortia, including potato, strawberry and apple, and have access to extensive expressed sequence tag (EST) and gene sequence databases for key crops of interest.