Changes to the RPBC for 2018

The Radiata Pine Breeding Company (RPBC) has kicked off the year with news of a new appointment and an exciting partnership.

Hot off the press is the announcement of Mark Paget as RPBC’s new Tree Improvement Manager. With a background in plant and animal breeding, Mark is currently working for Plant and Food Research at Lincoln. RPBC’s CEO, Brent Guild, said he was delighted Mark had accepted the role and that he will commence with RPBC on April 30 this year.

“We are a very small company and Mark adds much needed depth in his core role as resident quantitative geneticist,” said Mr Guild. The appointment will see Mark located at the University of Canterbury’s School of Forestry in Christchurch, where he will be close to RPBC’s primary assets north of Christchurch, and to New Zealand’s largest germplasm producer, Proseed. Mark’s placement at Christchurch will also add depth and breadth to the company’s relationship with the School of Forestry as a research provider.

Professor and Head of the School of Forestry, Bruce Manley, said the school welcomes the opportunity to host Mark. “The School of Forestry already has strong links with RPBC. This will further strengthen the relationship and we are really excited about the potential interactions with our undergraduate teaching and postgraduate research,” Mr Manley said.

In other news, RPBC has successfully negotiated the entry of its largest shareholder into the Genomics Selection Partnership programme. Forestry Corporation of New South Wales has remained outside the programme for the last four years but has now joined the programme as a bona fide member.

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s CEO, Nick Roberts, said, “Forestry Corporation is delighted to be part of the genomics programme and it is great that shareholders can all work together on operational and pure research around genetic improvement of Radiata Pine.”

Source: RPBC

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