Dr.Ron Beatson - Plant and Food Research

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Meet Ron,

Dr Ron Beatson is a bit of a legend amoungst the brewing community, and is also the driving force behind so many great hop trial innovations.


BAgrSci, Massey University, New Zealand
MAgrSci (Hons), Massey University, New Zealand
PhD, North Carolina State University, USA

Research Interests & Activities

Genotype x environment (regional) studies; advanced selections trials; quantitative genetics studies; polyploidy breeding; recurrent selection procedures; new cultivar development; interspecific hybridisation; germplasm evaluation & collection; disease resistance breeding; breeding for secondary plant metabolites; plant variety rights; project management of plant breeding programmes.

International Collaboration

Member of Scientific Committee, 1st ISHS Humulus Symposium, OSU, Corvallis, OR, US August 2004
Member of Scientific Committee, 2nd ISHS Humulus Symposium, Ghent, Belgium, September, 2008

Honours & Awards

International Hop Award; ‘Knight of the Order of the Hop’, 1999
Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture Plant Raisers Award (for hop breeding), 1994
HortResearch Chairman’s Award, 2006

Professional Memberships

Member, New Zealand Institute of Agriculture & Horticulture (NZIAHS)
Member, Scientific Commission of International Hop Growers’ Convention (IHGC) 
International Guild of Brewing - Asia/Pacific Section member 
International Society of Horticultural Science



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