About the School

Our joint graduate school is a partnership between the University and Plant & Food Research.

Professor Jo Putterill, Director of the Joint Graduate School
Professor Jo Putterill, Director of the Joint Graduate School

Our graduate school combines academic excellence with an industry perspective. It is hosted jointly by the University's Faculty of Science and Plant & Food Research.

We offer students access to the University’s research programmes and Plant & Food’s scientific expertise and research infrastructure across the country.

Professor Jo Putterill

Plant & Food Research

Plant & Food Research focuses on delivering applied science, supported by a strong fundamental science base. We have a network of scientific collaborations and industry partnerships, both nationally and internationally. The Institute works with plant and marine-based food industries to develop environmentally and economically sustainable production systems, and new whole foods and functional ingredients.

Plant & Food works directly with industry organisations, growers and companies to make sure our research is driven by awareness of issues that relate to the sector as a whole. We integrate our research across production, manufacturing, distribution and marketing platforms to ensure the value of New Zealand’s plant-based food industry is realised.