Professor Brian Jordan

Winegrowers Research Centre appointment

by Mike Isle

The NZ Winegrowers Research Centre (NZWRC) has appointed a Lincoln University professor as its acting head of science.

He is Professor Brian Jordan, who is Lincoln University’s professor of plant biotechnology, and has more than 30 years of experience in plant biochemistry and molecular biology.

NZWRC chief executive, MF Loza, said the NZWRC was delighted to have Professor Jordan on board for what he described as a key time for the centre. “We are setting up the research centre for the future. Professor Jordan’s immense experience and technical expertise, and his networks across New Zealand and international research communities will be invaluable as we define our research programme, plan to build science capability and put in place processes for delivering science excellence,” Mr Loza said.

Dr Roland Harrison, head of wine, food and molecular biosciences at Lincoln also welcomed the appointment of Professor Jordan. “Brian has been and still is an excellent advocate for the application of science to improve our productive systems. His science management vision will make an important contribution to the development of this new research centre.”

The NZWRC, which was formed in 2017 and is based in Marlborough, provides what it describes as cutting-edge science, research and development to benefit New Zealand’s entire wine industry and its key stakeholders. The centre has a national focus, and global reach, providing world-leading research for commercial grape and wine production.