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Roles and Responsibilities
Craig is involved in both teaching and research in seed science and technology and has a strong interest in all aspects of seed quality, including how the interaction between the environment and seed impacts on seed quality. Craig is the project leader for the New Zealand Indigenous Flora Seed Bank initiative which is a project to implement the collection, study and conservation of New Zealand’s unique plant diversity through ex situ storage of seed. Craig is also involved in a project investigating regeneration of a kauri forest within a predator-proof fence at Limestone Downs near Port Waikato.
A recent research focus for introduced species has been the factors that can influence transmission of endophyte into the developing seed, from the seed into the developing plant and the viability of endophytes within seed.
Craig is supervising a number of postgraduate students in both the seed conservation and seed-endophyte interaction areas In addition Craig teaches various aspects of seed science and technology in a number of post-graduate and undergraduate papers.
Craig also has an interest in international methodology for assessing seed quality and has been a member of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) since 1998. Craig is a past-Chair of the ISTA Moisture Committee, is a member of the Executive Committee and, in 2013, was elected vice-President of ISTA.
Craig is vice-President of the Agronomy Society of New Zealand and past-editor of Agronomy New Zealand
Craig Is a Research Officer in Seed Science and Technology with a research focus on seed of both introduced and indigenous plant species. Craig’s work on indigenous flora centres around seed conservation though ex situ storage of seed as part of the New Zealand Indigenous Seed Bank project, for which Craig is project leader. This work includes research into seed desiccation tolerance, storage and germination. Work on introduced species is looking at the transmission and viability of endophytes beneficial to the New Zealand pastoral sector in seed.
1. Seed conservation, in particular ex situ conservation of seed in seed banks and the factors that affect seed longevity in storage.
2. Seed germination and the mechanisms by which seed dormancy is imposed.
3. Methodology for the assessment of seed quality.
4. Transmissiion of endophytic fungi into the seed and subsequently the developing plant.
Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Biological Sciences (060000): Ecology (060200)
1. Seed conservation and seed banking.
2. Seed germination and dormancy.
2. International Seed Testing Association and international methods for assessing seed quatlity.
Craig also contributes to 283201 Pasture & Crop Agronomy, 283702 Advanced Agronomy, 284101 Production Horticulture, 284201 Horticultural Prodn Systems, 284301 Horticultural Crop Development & Yield