Plant Research (NZ) Ltd.

Plant Research (NZ) Ltd. is a plant breeding, research and development company based at Lincoln University in Canterbury, New Zealand. Our principal shareholder is Cates Grain & Seed Ltd., a grain & seed production specialist company established in 1973 and based in Ashburton, New Zealand. Our core activity is plant breeding and we conduct targeted breeding projects for clients around the world in a range of arable crop species. We utilise in state of the art breeding methodologies and several key countries to shuttle genetics around the globe to take advantage of contra-seasons and different environments. Our clients are seeking high performance genetics that offer them a competitive advantage and point of difference in their markets.

Company details

Lincoln Green, Farm Road, Lincoln University , Canterbury , Canterbury 7674 New Zealand

Locations Served

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Agriculture Science and Research
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)


Plant Research was formed in 2000 when Managing Director Adrian Russell left the Crown Research Institute Crop & Food Research after a 24 year career as a Plant Breeder with the Institute to form Plant Research Ltd. Initially based in an office at Lincoln University, Plant Research built a facility on the Lincoln campus in 2004.

Since its inception Plant Research has released successful field pea varieties in North America, Australia, New Zealand and more recently South America. In the Pacific Northwest region of the USA, Plant Research works with Progene LLC to deliver field pea genetics that dominate this region. Varieties such as Aragorn, Banner, Ariel and Cruiser were bred through this network and these varieties are recognised as the best genetics available.

A collaborative pea breeding project with the University of Sydney and the Australian Pork CRC is releasing new field peas for the Australian industry.

Our Mission

To deliver value and a competitive advantage to our clients across the value chain, through the development and commercialisation of new and innovative genetics.

Our Vision

To breed and develop the best plant genetics possible through the use of cutting edge technology and breeding strategies. To deliver new varieties rapidly and cost-effectively using our global network.

We operate via a series of interactive networks with collaborating companies throughout the world. With a network approach Plant Research Ltd. can deliver new and innovative varieties with speed.

In addition to our plant breeding activities we operate a commercial double haploid wheat production programme, southern hemisphere seed multiplications and nurseries, seed germination tests and aphanomyces root rot soil tests.