Research Associate / Scientist
with Plant & Food Research at Mt Albert, Auckland.
studied at Victoria University of Wellington and the University
of Auckland and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand
and the New Zealand Society for Horticultural Science, an Associate
of Honour of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and served as their vice-president from 2006-2011. He
was the Cockayne Memorial Lecturer in 1995, and Banks Memorial Lecturer in 2008 and 2019.
Ross is recognised
internationally for his research over many years into the biology
of the genus Actinidia (kiwifuit). He has written many important
reviews and his own research work has concentrated on the nutritional
physiology of kiwifruit, the taxonomy of the genus, the measurement
of ploidy and genome size in kiwifruit and a number of other crops,
and the benefits of kiwifruit consumption to the human diet. His
work has enhanced opportunities within the Plant & Food (formerly HortResearch) kiwifruit
breeding programs. He has also written extensively on the detailed
history of kiwifruit domestication.
Ferguson has developed many links with kiwifruit research groups
overseas, particularly in China and Italy.
& Professional Associations
- Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture (AHRIH)
- Royal Society of New Zealand (FRSNZ)
- International Society for Horticultural Science
- New Zealand Institute of Agriculture and Horticultural Science
Group & Society Memberships
- Member of various horticultural groups