Plant & Food Research is setting up a new portfolio for seafood research to be run by Danette Olsen, previously the group manager for aquaculture and biotechnology at the Cawthron Institute.
The new Seafood Technologies Portfolio will incorporate current research teams focused on delivering high quality seafood using sustainable fish production and processing systems, as well as research into marine-based functional food ingredients and industrial products.
Chief operating officer Bruce Campbell says the new portfolio will provide opportunities to expand current research programmes under Olsen, general manager science – seafood technologies.
Olsen has an MSc in zoology from Canterbury University and has held a number of roles in science-related organisations including MAF Fisheries, the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST), Te Papa Tongarewa and the Ministry for Research, Science and Technology (MoRST).
She is also a member of the MAF Biosecurity Cross Sectoral Advisory Group and the New Zealand representative for Fisheries and Aquaculture on the MSI-led Knowledge Based Biological Economy (KBBE) Forum.
Plant & Food Research has four existing science portfolios – Breeding & Genomics, Bioprotection, Sustainable Production and Food Innovation – and these will remain focused on research for the horticultural, arable and plant-based food industries.