Law Change offers Greater Protection for Plant Breeders

8th July 2022

At the recent NZGSTA Grains & Pulses Forum, Plant Variety Rights Office Manager Chris Barnaby spoke on upcoming law changes for plant varieties. Read the full article:

Rethink on GM Policy Needed

7th June 2022

John Caradus, scientist and chief executive of AgResearch’s commercial entity Grasslanz Technology Read the full article:

Autumn 2021-22 Cereal Performance Trials

27th April 2022

  Autumn 2021-22 Cereal Performance trials report available The latest cereal performance trial results have been published. The annual independent trials have been running since the 1990s and brings valuable research to growers to assist their farm productivity and profitability. … Continue reading

Unite Against Covid-19

17th December 2021

In line with the New Zealand Government Regulations the Seed Industry Office requires all visitors to the office to sign in using the Covid Tracer App or manual sign in, be vaccinated and provide a valid NZ Covid vaccine pass. … Continue reading

COVID-19 Update – Ray Smith MPI – 27 February 2021

1st March 2021

Kia Ora, The Prime Minister announced tonight that Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 from 6am, Sunday February 28, and the rest of the country will move to Alert Level 2. The Alert Levels will initially be in place for … Continue reading

Seed bank may hold solutions – Farmers Weekly 15 February 2021

1st March 2021

Farmers Weekly – 15 February 2021 THE MFGC, New Zealand’s only internationally recognised and registered gene-bank by the FAO and the International Crop Diversity Trust, location on AgResearch’s Palmerston North campus may be the least recognised library in the country, … Continue reading

John Caradus – Scientist focused on helping farmers

15th February 2021

Farmers Weekly – 8 February 2021 Grasslanz Technology chief executive John Caradus received the Royal Society’s Thomson Medal for his work, helping to deliver productivity solutions to pastoral farmers, at Government House in Wellington by Governor-General Patsy Reddy. Royal Society … Continue reading

COVID-19 Update – MPI – 15 February 2021

15th February 2021

15 February 2021 Covid-19 Update – MPI Ray Smith – Director-General Kia Ora, I just wanted to update you with some helpful information now that Auckland has moved to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand Alert Level … Continue reading

Ryegrass the Largest Proprietary Pasture Seed Crop

12th February 2021

News Release – 12 February 2021 Ryegrass the Largest Proprietary Pasture Seed Crop                                  Calendar year 2020 sales figures from the Plant Breeding and Research Association (PBRA) shows over 10,700 tonnes of branded proprietary pasture seed was sold to farmers, up … Continue reading

News Release – New Zealand Seed Exports Worth $250m

5th February 2021

2021_02_05 – Press Release – NZ Seed Exports worth $250 m

Plant Breeders Vital to NZ Agricultural Success

4th February 2021

Plant Breeders vital to NZ Agricultural Success

ISF World Seed Congress – July 2021

4th February 2021

ISF Congress Spain July 2021

Quality Seed – 4 February 2021

4th February 2021

2021_02_04 – News Release – Quality Seed media release Final

Farm Saved Seed – “Playfair” Brochure

24th January 2017

Playfair Brochure

We have moved to 185 Kirk Road Templeton

27th January 2014

Directions to 185 Kirk RoadClick here for directions to our new permanent office

NZ House of Representatives Report on Briefing from the Grain & Seed Industry to Primary Production Committee

27th January 2014

Click here to download House of Representatives report on the NZGSTA briefing to Primary Production Committee 2013

NZ Seed Industry Office has moved

7th August 2013

Click here to view temporary address

News Release – Application for Fungus to protect Grass – April 2013

18th April 2013

NR Application for Fungus to Protect Grass April 13  Click here to download

News Release – Seed Sales March 2013

8th March 2013

News Release Seed Sales March 13

DNA technology introduces new weapon in the battle for PVR protection

29th March 2011

Plant breeders have a new weapon in the war against the illegal use of seeds and they intend stepping up their campaign against those who are stealing millions of dollars from breeders. This new DNA technology can clearly identify seed … Continue reading


14th March 2011

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