Latest NZDFI Award

November 13, 2022

Congratulations to Ruth McConnochie, NZDFI’s latest award winner! Ruth is NZDFI’s long-serving contract tree breeding specialst, and she won the “Contribution to a Science Team’ award at the 2022 Forest Growers Research conference.  Ruth has been with NZDFI since its early days, and has played a pivotal role in designing and implementing  NZDFI’s extensive trial network.

In 2021, the first generation of NZDFI’s improved ‘XyloGene’ commercial nursery stock were planted. This significant milestone was achieved thanks in no small part to Ruth’s huge contribution to the project over 13 years. In fact, we couldn’t have done it without her! Her expertise in this highly specialist field is combined with drive and determination. She is always willing to get out into the field, rain or shine, to work with others to put her knowledge into practice.  Thanks Ruth, your award is well-deserved!