Plant sci­en­tist to talk about life

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID STAN­LEY

A hor­ti­cul­tural sci­en­tist with Mata­mata con­nec­tions will be the guest speaker at the Mata­mata Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Group’s Oc­to­ber meet­ing on Labour Day.

Jill Stan­ley, who will be in town for the 50th Ju­bilee re­union of Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate School, will talk to the group about some of her ex­pe­ri­ences as a sci­en­tist in New Zealand and abroad.

Over the years she has been re­spon­si­ble for many hor­ti­cul­tural re­search projects in New Zealand and over­seas, in­clud­ing a mine reveg­e­ta­tion project at the gi­ant Freeport gold, sil­ver and base me­tals mine in the re­mote moun­tains of West Pa­pua, in In­done­sian New Guinea. In Ger­many she has stud­ied blue­berry pro­duc­tion and in New Zealand has worked on berry fruit, ap­ples, olives and apri­cots.

Born here and ed­u­cated at Mata­mata Pri­mary and In­ter­me­di­ate School and Mata­mata Col­lege, Jill stud­ied at Waikato and Massey Uni­ver­si­ties be­fore tak­ing up a post with the Depart­ment of Sci­en­tific and In­dus­trial Re­search, later Hort Re­search and now Plant and Food Re­search, in Palmer­ston North. She was sec­onded to the In­sti­tute for Hor­ti­cul­tural Re­search at Lit­tle­hamp­ton in Eng­land and later moved to the Ri­waka Hor­ti­cul­tural Re­search Sta­tion in Nel­son.

She was ap­pointed Hort Re­search busi­ness leader for Europe, based in Barcelona, Spain, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with IRTA, the Span­ish hor­ti­cul­tural re­search or­gan­i­sa­tion. Af­ter four years in Spain she re­turned to New Zealand to take up the po­si­tion of sci­en­tist in charge of the Plant & Food Re­search Cen­tre at Clyde, in Cen­tral Otago.

Jill is the New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Coun­cil of the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety for Hor­ti­cul­tural Sci­ence and is vice-pres­i­dent of the com­mit­tee or­gan­is­ing the In­ter­na­tional Hor­ti­cul­tural Re­search Congress in Bris­bane in 2014.

The meet­ing will be held in the Pres­by­te­rian Hall, Meura St, Mata­mata at 9.45am on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 24 (Labour Day). Any­one in­ter­ested in hear­ing Jill’s talk is wel­come to at­tend.

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