Cates is the principal shareholder in Plant Research NZ Ltd, based at Innovation Park in Canterbury. Plant Research NZ develops innovative field pea, wheat, triticale and oat varieties using cutting-edge breeding methods and molecular marker technology.
The team focuses on breeding new varieties that incorporate specific traits – such as disease resistance and increased yield – to offer New Zealand and international clients a competitive advantage.
Plant Research NZ’s global network and collaborations have led to the development and release of new field pea varieties that now dominate international markets, including North and South America and Australia.
In addition to its plant breeding activities, Plant Research NZ specialises in:
International clients send their seed to Plant Research NZ, which then grows it on their behalf at one the local breeding nurseries. The multiplied seed is re-exported back to the client after harvest.
At Cates we see plant breeding as the future of the industry, and we are committed to increasing our research and development capabilities.