About Us

Not all diagnostics is the same.

 At Plant Diagnostics we use our vast knowledge to take a holistic approach with our clients specific needs at the centre of everything that we do. Diagnostics is complex and instead of being just a testing service, we interpret what the results mean for our clients and what can be done about the specific issue. As a research lab, we work with industry groups and private clients to find solutions to broader scale disease issues.

Mark Braithwaite: B. Hort. Sc., M. Hort. Sc. Hons 1
Consulting Diagnostician


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Mark is a diagnostic plant pathologist trained in both classical morphological and modern molecular identification methods. Mark has 40 years experience identifying fungi and bacteria for growers, industry representatives and quarantine/biosecurity purposes. In addition, Mark has experience in designing and conducting research trials, surveying crops for plant diseases, fungicide resistance screening and providing advice on plant health problems.

Bronwyn Braithwaite: B. Hort. Sc. Hons.
Laboratory Manager, Crop Consultancy, Administration


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Bronwyn is a Lincoln graduate in Horticultural Science and has many years of experience in Horticultural Consultancy dealing with greenhouse crops and cut flowers and in university laboratory and field research projects related to plant pathology. 

Lewis Braithwaite: B. Biomed Sc.
Laboratory and Field Technician


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Lewis is a science graduate from the University of Otago and alongside work is also currently studying towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Science at Lincoln University. His primary interests lie in diagnostic methods and other aspects of plant pathology.

Emily Hicks BSc (Hons, 1st class)
Field and Laboratory Technologist


Emily attained a degree in microbiology (Otago University, 2002). She is a skilled technician with experience in microbiology, and a range of molecular techniques. Emily has worked on research on biocontrol for two plant pathogens (in a prior role, with Mark Braithwaite as a manager), which involved all aspects (design, management, assessment and analysis) of laboratory, glasshouse and field experiments.