Research & Development

PGG Wrightson Turf are leaders in the research and development of innovative products for the Australasian turf market. From our world class research and development site at Kimihia Research Centre based in Christchurch, we utilise the latest technology advances to thoroughly evaluate products before bringing them to the market. Our commitment to R&D is at the heart of everything we do at PGG Wrightson Turf, ranging from breeding climatically adapted turfgrasses specifically bred for Australasia's unique environment to conducting field trials on various products to determine quality as well as suitability for our clients.

The two main activities that occur at Kimihia Research Centre are the production of trial seed samples and the evaluation of the quality of these seed samples. Seed is grown once a year so typically seed is sown in the autumn and harvested the following summer. Many varieties of mainly cool season grasses (including ryegrasses, tall fescues, fine fescues and browntops) are grown from small samples of trial seed in an effort to 'bulk up' the seed. Promising material from each grass type is then evaluated either as a single plant or in rows or plots in order to evaluate their performance and qualities as a potential new cultivar.

PGG Wrightson Turf have partnerships with AgResearch, STRI-UK, NTEP-USA, ANTEP-AUS, NZSTI-NZ and PLANTwise (Lincoln University) and work with these organisations to produce new cultivars and technology.

Innovation is always at the forefront of our research programmes, an example of this being our innovative new avian deterrent grass range AVANEX developed with AgResearch and Grasslanz with assistance from FAR and CIAL. Through our extensive research and development programmes we constantly aim to find solutions to common turf related problems and bring these new technologies to the market to make them accessible to all customers.

Read more on our current trials and new innovations.