Our story, experience and innovation since 1976

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.

Our history

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

Key contacts

Melanie Bower

Melanie Bower

Lead Study Director

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

Jarrod Harvey

Country manager NZ

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 Woodcock

Andrew Woodcock

Business Manager

Andrew manages the business, administrative and IT roles at Staphyt Australasia, including development and monitoring of the annual budget process, forecasting, performance tracking, and contract negotiation.

Andrew has been with Staphyt Australasia since 2005 and comes from a business management background in a variety of industries including hospitality and mining.

Bruno Maurer

Bruno Maurer

Business Unit Director

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 Webster

Melissa Webster

Quality Manager

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.

Tony Butler

Tony Butler

Business Development Manager

Tony’s professional career started as a member of the Graduate Program at Peracto, before leaving the company in 2014. With experience working for both governmental and private CRO organisations, he re-joined the now Staphyt team in 2019 in a combination of senior roles.

Tony has been an active member of the Client Support Team, working closely with our existing clients to serve their needs best.

Melita Shalders

Melita Shalders

Senior Regulatory Manager

Melita’s agriscience career started in Tasmania conducting field trials for crop protection products before moving into Regulatory Affairs. With over 16 years’ experience in the Australian and New Zealand regulatory environments, she brings a wealth of knowledge to clients seeking registration of new active ingredients or defence/extension of existing products.

Melita is committed to supporting our clients through the complete registration process, from the initial planning stages right through to dossier preparation, submission and post-registration compliance.

Olivier Marchioro

Olivier Marchioro

Staphyt General Manager

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.

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