A 1974 description of the Plant Physiology Division (PPD)

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This is the current description of Plant and Food Research – which has its roots in DSIR (including PPD) and MAFtech.

“Plant & Food Research is a New Zealand-based science company providing research and development that adds value to fruit, vegetable, crop and food products.

With over 900 people based at sites across New Zealand, as well as in the USA and Australia, at the heart of Plant & Food Research is a goal to underpin the growth of plant and marine-based industry through the successful application and commercialisation of research-based innovation.

Our science supports the sustainable production of high quality produce that earns a premium in international markets, as well as driving the design and development of new and novel functional foods that offer benefits to human health and wellbeing.

Plant & Food Research is a New Zealand government-owned Crown Research Institute, subject to the Crown Entities Act 2004, the Crown Research Institutes Act 1992 and the Companies Act 1993.”


Admittedly the two descriptions are for different purposes – the 1974 document is an internal description of a department for DSIR’s head office, the 2016 web description is part of the CRI’s public statement. There are other documents which outline PPD’s orientation towards industry with an emphasis on helping NZ agriculture perform better and I will post them as I identify them, however this does demonstrate the extent of the shift towards commercialisation of research outcomes.

1979 TELEX outlining PPD mission

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