Evaluating co-innovation principles in a fundamental bioprotection research programme addressing challenges to potato production

  • J. Vereijssen The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited, Private Bag 4704, Christchurch Mail Centre, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
  • T.M. Williams The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited, Private Bag 4704, Christchurch Mail Centre, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
  • N.M. Park The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited, Private Bag 1401, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand
  • M. Nielsen The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited, Private Bag 4704, Christchurch Mail Centre, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
  • N.M. Agnew The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited, Private Bag 1401, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand
Keywords: tomato potato psyllid, agricultural innovation system, Bactericera cockerelli, impact delivery, primary sector

Abstract

Co-innovation can be effective for addressing complex challenges involving multiple stakeholders who hold diverse viewpoints and perceptions. Addressing these challenges requires changes at various scales. However, there is limited systematic research on how co-innovation can work in different projects and what impacts it can have on the outcome. Co-innovation principles were tested for their potential to enhance the impact delivered by a fundamental research project investigating options for managing the tomato potato psyllid/Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum complex in potato crops. A series of interviews and workshops were undertaken to increase interactions within the programme and with industry stakeholders. Additionally, a member of the research team, trained in co-innovation theory and practice, took a leadership role in planning and delivering technology transfer activities. The effects of bringing co-innovation principles to the programme are described, in particular the challenges encountered when introducing these concepts into a fundamental research programme.

Published
2017-08-08
How to Cite
Vereijssen, J., Williams, T., Park, N., Nielsen, M., & Agnew, N. (2017). Evaluating co-innovation principles in a fundamental bioprotection research programme addressing challenges to potato production. New Zealand Plant Protection, 70, 16-24. Retrieved from http://journal.nzpps.org/index.php/nzpp/article/view/20
Section
Vol 70 Biosecurity 2017