Now retired, Graham Thiele was Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Lincoln University. He is a graduate of Massey and Lincoln Universities, and has a wide practical knowledge of fruit production. He joined the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in 1952 as a cadet and later was an adviser in Motueka and Christchurch. He joined Lincoln University in 1962 and in 1967 was given the responsibility for developing new courses in horticulture economics and management. He has lectured and consulted internationally where his expertise in the systems approach to education, extention, and research has created considerable interest. graduated in horticulture from Wye College, University of London. Between 1971 and 1978 he lectured in crop and horticultural sciences at the University of Swaziland and completed an MSc in Applied Plant Sciences with London University. His experience in southern Africa broadened his range beyond temperate fruit production. He emigrated to New Zealand and joined the staff of Lincoln University in 1978. He currently lectures in horticulture and viticulture and supervises postgraduate students. In his research he has worked with subtropical and temperate fruits including kiwifruit, pepino, persimmon, feijoa, raspberry, strawberry, apples and pears. He has worked on sabbatical leave in Australia and the USA. Recently he visited and lectured in universities in China.