Cates Grain & Seed are principal shareholders in Plant Research NZ Ltd, a plant breeding, research and development company based at Innovation Park at Templeton in Canterbury, New Zealand.


Plant Research’s core activity is plant breeding and conducting targeted breeding projects for clients around the world in a range of arable crop species.

The company utilises 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. Plant Research operates 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 the plant breeding activities Plant Research operate a commercial double haploid wheat production programme, southern hemisphere seed multiplications and nurseries, seed germination tests and aphanomyces root rot soil tests.

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