Dharini works with notable plant breeder and RNZIH President
Dr Keith Hammett as an assistant plant breeder working with
Clivia, Dahlia, Dianthus, Helianthus, Polyanthus and sweet pea. In
this role, Dharini assists in several areas of these breeding
programs from hand pollination, evaluating and record keeping,
through to maintaining parent germplasm blocks.
It was while Dharini was completing a Bachelor of Science at the
University of Auckland that she discovered an interest in plants.
Later while working at Seedling Systems nursery, she discovered
plant breeding which appealed to her because of its scientific and
practical components. Dharini enjoys all aspects of running and
maintaining plant breeding programmes.
In 2017, the International Plant Propagators’ Society – New Zealand Region (IPPS–NZ) chose Dharini
as the recipient of the Western Region Exchange Scholarship. Dharini travelled to Canada and the
United States in October 2017, first visiting nurseries around Vancouver before continuing on to the
United States with further nursery visits in Washington and Oregon before attending the IPPS
Western Region’s conference in Wilsonville, Oregon.
- BSc, University of Auckland
- Postgraduate Certificate in Science, Massey University
& Professional Associations
- Royal NZ
Institute of Horticulture (FRIH)
- International Plant Propagators’ Society – New Zealand Region
Group & Society Memberships
- Royal NZ
Institute of Horticulture (Co-opted Executive Member)