About us

The Joint Graduate School has been established to provide world class postgraduate research opportunities catering for masters and PhD students in our areas of expertise, including plant breeding, control of pests and diseases, increasing production yield, post-harvest and processing. We create world-beating scientific understanding in model systems using cutting edge science.

The School is an exciting new joint venture between Massey University and Plant & Food Research. It brings together some of the top horticultural and food academics and scientists in New Zealand to undertake synergistic research. That research will make a real difference in the production of high-quality food to meet a growing global need and to benefit human health and wellbeing.

Massey University

Massey University is New Zealand’s defining university. For more than 80 years, Massey University has helped shape the lives and communities of people in New Zealand and around the world with its forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries.

Massey is a world class university and is ranked in the top 400 universities world-wide, by the prestigious QS ranking system. It was ranked in the top twenty world-wide in the agriculture and forestry subject area in 2014.

Massey is a world leader in agri-food research. Its expertise in food innovation spans the disciplines of agriculture, horticulture and bio-security, packaging, refrigeration, nutritional balance and food safety, food technology and engineering. Ensuring the environmental sustainability of food supply underpins all Massey research activity.

Plant & Food Research

Plant & Food Research is a New Zealand Government-owned Crown Research Institute providing science that adds value to fruit, vegetable, crop and food products. Its science supports the sustainable production of high- quality produce that earns a premium in international markets, as well as driving design and development of new and novel functional foods that offer benefits to human health and wellbeing.

Four portfolios directly link in to the activities of the Joint Graduate School:

  • breeding and genomics
  • bioprotection
  • sustainable production and
  • food innovation.

Its research enables food producers, manufacturers and exporters to supply and market fresh and processed foods successfully that meet consumer needs according to well-defined global food trends – health, sustainability, convenience, novelty and sensory appeal.

Food HQ

Food HQ is a research collaboration that aims to enable the nation's food exports to reach NZ$60 billion by 2025. The super-campus, based in Palmerston North, encompasses the Fitzherbert Science Centre and Massey's Manawatu campus' Turitea site. IT is home to more than 4000 researchers and educators involved in the agrifood chain.

Food HQ further unifies the relationships between AgResearch, Fonterra, Massey University, Plant & Food Research, AsureQuality, the Riddet Institute, Environmental Science and Research, and the BCC. It is supported by the Palmerston North City Council and Manawatu District Councils.

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