Field Research Network

Our Field Research Network manages more than 400 hectares of orchard and farm resources for scientific research.

The Field Research Network (FRN) consists of orchards, farms and glasshouses (excluding MPI registered containment facilities) dedicated to providing plant crop resources, work areas and services at Plant & Food Research's sites across New Zealand.

The emphasis at each site is usually representative of those crops produced in the region, however the FRN also produces crops out of zone for scientific research purposes, including international collaboration, regional trials and for biosecurity purposes.

Each site has a dedicated Field Research Team responsible for managing the use of resources effectively across active research programmes and maintaining the health of plant resources.

Dr Stuart Kay, Operations Manager FRN