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Conference at Massey University:

New Zealand: Growing innovation in the primary industries

Nearly 100 scientists and industry leaders in plant science are discussing how to grow innovation for the primary industries in New Zealand, at a conference hosted by Massey University this week.

The 2015 ‘Plants for the Future’ conference is a joint meeting of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science and the New Zealand branch of the International Association of Plant Biotechnology.

The conference covers a broad range of topics with recent PhD graduate Dr Munazza Saeed discussing breeding solutions to common fruit post-harvest disorders, lecturer in horticulture Dr Huub Kerckhoffs on plants and the environment, and Professor of postharvest technology Julian Heyes discussing the role of fresh products in human health.

Particular interest will also be given to how genome sequence data is being used in plant breeding programmes and in determining gene function, and there will be a focus on how biotechnology is being utilised by industry.

International Association of Plant Biotechnology national representative Chris Jones says the event brings together delegates representing Crown Research Institutes such as Plant and Food Research and AgResearch, Universities and companies working in and around the plant sciences in support of our primary sector.

 “This meeting provides an opportunity for researchers working across a diverse range of disciplines in the plant sciences to meet and offers a forum for the exchange of ideas and the discussion of concepts that promise to produce new innovations for the primary industries of New Zealand.”

President of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticulture Science David Lewis says the conference is a great opportunity for dicussion. “We have attracted some fantastic lead speakers and a significant number of delegates so there will be many opportunities for discussion and future collaboration.”

The conference is being held at Massey University in Palmerston North, from Wednesday to Friday.

Conference details and full programme can be viewed here.

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