University of Canterbury joins the Centre

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The University of Canterbury has joined the Bio-Protection Research Centrea as a key partner.

“The University is delighted at becoming a partner – it recognises our contribution to the successful Centre of Research Excellence bid, and key role in four out of seven Centre research projects,” says Professor Matthew Turnbull, Head of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury. “Our work contributes to the Centre’s broader aims and we are happy to be part of it.”

The University will extend the Centre’s capability in ecology, genomics, biological control and computational biology. This will support the Centre’s mission to research and develop innovative and sustainable plant protection strategies for New Zealand.

“We wanted to acknowledge the significant contribution of the University to our science as a whole. We now have several talented University of Canterbury investigators working across multiple national research projects,” says Dr John Hay, Chair of the Bio-Protection Research Centre’s Board.

The University is the sixth full partner in the Centre joining Lincoln University, Massey University, and the Crown Research Institutes: AgResearch, Plant & Food Research and Scion.