Knowledge through experience
Formerly known as Serve-Ag Research, then Peracto, Staphyt Australasia has been conducting trials since 1976 in Australia and New Zealand. Headquartered in Devonport Tasmania, we provide a range of independent research, development and related technical services to agribusiness clients across Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
Our specialty services include new product development for agricultural inputs, field residue trials, plant pathology research, laboratory diagnostics, crop variety trials, product registration trials and cooperative research work.
Staphyt is a global leader in agronomic research & regulatory advice, operating more than 70 sites in 20 countries in Europe, Africa (Morocco) and South America (Brazil). With direct locations in both hemispheres, Staphyt is able to propose off-season offers enabling an acceleration of customer’s development.
01 January 2020
Peracto renamed Staphyt Australasia
01 July 2016
Peracto joins Staphyt Global Group
01 July 2008
Peracto established in NZ
01 February 2007
First Graduate Development Program Intake
01 July 2004
Peracto created from Serve-Ag’s Research Division
01 April 2003
Operations expanded to all 6 Australian states
01 November 1998
First Serve-Ag Research location outside Tasmania (Queensland)
01 November 1976
Serve-Ag established in Tasmania
Phil FrostTechnical Director
Melanie BowerLead Study Director
Jarrod HarveyCountry manager NZ
Andrew WoodcockBusiness Manager
Bruno MaurerBusiness Unit Director
Melissa WebsterQuality Manager
Olivier MarchioroStaphyt General Manager
Phil has over 20 years experience in the evaluation and development of crop production inputs including herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, PGR’s and nutrients. He works closely with a broad range of clients and local industries to develop product knowledge and practical solutions to agronomic issues with the aim of improving the efficiency and sustainability of crop production.
Melanie is based in Devonport and is Lead Study Director for the GLP (Residue studies). She joined Peracto in 2010 as a Graduate Research Officer after studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agronomy) and a Bachelor of Science (Honours). Melanie leads a team of six staff members and works closely with QA. Melanie enjoys working closely with clients to produce high quality outcomes and to meet their requirements for GLP field trials and working within the GLP management systems in a wide range of crops.
Jarrod Harvey has taken the reins as Country Manager for NZ operations,
Jarrod is a born and bred New Zealander. After completing his university studies (Bachelor of Agriscience, majoring in agriculture) in NZ in 2013, Jarrod crossed the Tasman to join Peracto’s Devonport site as part of the graduate program in 2014.
After completing this he returned to NZ where he has worked as a Technical Officer, and then more recently a Research Officer.
In his new role, Jarrod is based at Pukekohe and will oversee operations at all NZ sites – Ashburton, Hastings and Pukekohe.
Andrew manages the business, administrative and IT roles at Peracto, including development and monitoring of the annual budget process, forecasting, performance tracking, and contract negotiation.
Andrew has been with Peracto since 2005 and comes from a business management background in a variety of industries including hospitality and mining.
Bruno joined Staphyt in 2009 in Poland as Staphyt merged with AGROSTAT. He was country manager and key account manager. He arrived in Tasmania as Staphyt Australasia Business Unit Director. He arrives in Tasmania as Business Unit Manager for both Australia and New Zealand in mid 2018, based in Devonport head office.
Melissa is based in Devonport and manages Staphyt Australasia Quality functions.
Melissa has been within the company since early 2010 and came to us with more than 15 years of experience working with Quality Management Systems, within a variety of industries.
She provides the direction for our GLP compliance procedures and ensures our quality standards are of world class. Her systems and quality background provide essential support to many aspects of the company including leadership in the important WH&S area.
Olivier Marchioro has a DESS (Master’s Degree) in plant protection and breeding and joined Staphyt in 2005 and has been Staphyt General Manager since 2009.