Around eighty people gathered for NZPPI's inaugural Plant Producer Science and Innovation Summit in Rotorua on 4 and 5 May 2017. All added to the air of excitement that heralded a new era for NZPPI and our plant producer community.
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And we're gathering speaker presentations, and posting them to this page.
It was a great success, clearly evident in delegate, Nicola Rochester's, observations following.
It was fantastic to participate in the Science Summit. Much will come out of it that will be a catalyst to taking our industry to a higher level in many ways.
The announcement of myrtle rust at the Summit did fill the room with a sense of foreboding but after listening to the scientist and the diagnostic kit they developed for myrtle rust for MPI I got a glimmer of hope. Then listening about genetic markers work to speed up selection and breeding for traits in the forestry sector made me realise that there are answers amongst us. It was only minutes before someone asked the question “could genetic markers be found for myrtle rust resistance” and the answer was given that there had already been work done on this and I started to feel quite optimistic about the future and my mind started wandering around how many fab new ornamental plants we could have with this breeding technique.
Then there was all the talk and presentations around mycorrhizas & trichoderma which got me thinking ‘underground’.
While robotics is not really my thing, but when I saw the cool stuff Waikato University was involved in, you couldn’t help being addicted!
After participating in the Science Summit, you realise that it is forums such as this that extend your mind and your imagination and being in amongst a diverse range of people from all sectors is critical to this but we must reach out.
We must reach out to the science community, the team leaders, communicators and the universities and let them get to know us the people involved in Plant Production, our industry. All we need to do is to be a willing participant with an open mind and a smile on our dial!
Thanks to the board of NZPPI for the vision and making it happen.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of AGMARDT