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Our research focuses on developing innovative approaches to quality, nutrition, flavour, market access and sustainability in a range of horticultural products that are of strategic importance to export and domestic markets.
We develop approaches to improve the yield, quality, and security of supply of fruit and vegetable produce in response to changing markets, trends, climate and resource sustainability. We work closely with research collaborators both locally and overseas, and have strong relationships with key industry partners and local communities.
Our focus is on high-value horticultural products and services, including conservation programmes for native and cultivated plants. We also provide management and science-based solutions to maximise quality and yield of existing high-value horticultural products.
Extending fundamental scientific knowledge of fruit and vegetable crops is a crucial aspect of modern horticulture. Examples of our fundamental research interests include hormonal control of horticultural plant development, plant responses to sunlight and UV radiation, and the biology of crop pests and disease-causing organisms.
Our research focuses on seed quality, including germination, dormancy, coating technologies and storage, with a focus on regulating and improving post-harvest seed quality.
This joint school with Plant & Food Research is developing and progressing research initiatives that deliver New Zealand’s export growth targets in agriculture and food.
For more information about our research activity, select individual researchers' names below.
Dr Kerry Harrington
Dr Xiong Zhao He
Dr Huub Kerckhoffs
Dr Marion MacKay
Dr Kee Sohn
Dr Terry Stewart
Professor Qiao Wang
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016