Personnel and partners
General Manager and Lead Scientist
Ian McIvor M.Sc.
Ian manages the poplar and willow breeding programme. He is based at Plant & Food Research, Palmerston North. In addition, Ian researches root behaviour, and root responses to environmental conditions on hill slopes. Ian heads the National Poplar Commission and represents New Zealand on the International Poplar Commission (IPC), and chairs the IPC Working Party on Poplar and Willow Genetics, Conservation and Improvement.
Trevor Jones PhD
Trevor is based at Plant & Food Research and is researching poplar and willow water use, and wood properties. Trevor has expertise in assessments of old and new tree trials.
021 143 526
Allan is our Business Manager. He is a director of the NZ Wool-classers Association, anduntil recently he was a business manager for The Ahuwhenua Trophy – BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Awards. He is an olive farmer.
027 450 3861
027 603 2200
Chairman P+W Technical Advisory Group
Team Leader, Northern Area Catchment Management, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
027 496 6398
Plant & Food Research, AgResearch, Landcare Research and Scion and Massey University
John Charles (Plant & Food Research) insect pests, Vice-Chairperson IPC Working Party on Poplar Insect & other Animal Pests
Dr Brent Clothier (Plant & Food Research) Soils and stakeholders
Dr Grant Douglas (AgResearch) effectiveness of conservation trees, on-farm applications of poplars and willows
Dr Alec Mackay (AgResearch) soil quality and soil carbon
Dr Mike Marden (Landcare Research) erosion and erosion management
Dr Chris Phillips (Landcare Research) root development
Massey University - Professor Peter Kemp, Head of Institute, INR