Biosecurity and biocontrol
Unwanted or introduced species can have a huge impact on New Zealand’s environment, and native flora and fauna. Biosecurity is about stopping pests and diseases…
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Mature native trees now dying - Biological Heritage NZ
The first known case of mature tree death due to myrtle rust infection has been observed in the East Cape of Aotearoa New Zealand, suggesting localized extinction for some native myrtles could become a reality. “I’ve been monitoring myrtle rust in native forests for the last three years,” says Roanne Sutherland, a myrtle rust researcher at SCION. “We’ve had seedling death occur, but this is the first time the deaths of large, mature trees have been reported.”
Biosecurity champion brings Western science and te ao Māori together to tackle pests
Biosecurity champion Tame Malcolm wants to elevate Māori traditional knowledge in science to help protect the environment from pests. Embarking on a PhD this year, Malcolm plans to research anecdotal knowledge, gathered by word of mouth to help tackle some of New Zealand's most pressing pest problems. For example, when different plants are flowering in the bush, Māori will use different lures for trapping pests, he said. “When kawa kawa is flowering we use cinnamon but ...
Venture into kauri country and get connected with these mighty forest giants. NZ kauri are the largest (by volume) and among the longest-living trees in the world. They hold a special place in Māori culture and in the hearts of all who stand before them. Today, a disease known as kauri dieback is threatening the existence of this taonga species. You will discover how kauri dieback is a socio-scientific problem, whereby science, expert knowledge, mātauranga Māori, and community engagement
Biocontrol – slow and steady wins the race
Paul Peterson and colleagues from Manaaki Whenua, Massey University and the Open Polytechnic recently published the findings from a long-term, carefully controlled study, partly funded by SSIF, comparing herbicide use with biocontrol methods for the control of invasive heather in and near Tongariro National Park. Their work was named ‘Paper of the Month’ for June 2020 by the Journal of Applied Ecology.
Researching refuges to protect myrtle trees from rust disease
Manaaki Whenua researchers have been looking at how to predict where myrtle trees can grow without being exposed to pathogens that cause the rust disease. James McCarthy's been leading the project and he talks to Jesse about finding what they call, refugia, to grow the trees so they don't get the disease.
Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital — WEBSITE
Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) is a collaboration that has its roots in a collective effort to “build a biosecurity team of 4.7 million New Zealanders” – to shift how we, as New Zealanders, think about biosecurity, how it connects to our everyday lives, and how people can get involved. TMBC brings together a “coalition of the willing” and establishes Tauranga Moana iwi at the centre of our regional biosecurity team, in a broad collaboration between iwi, community groups, educators,
NZ on high alert for stinkbug devastating Europe
New Zealand is on high alert for an invasion of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) – widely regarded as the greatest biosecurity risk we face – after farmers across Europe report record devastation. Italy has been hit particularly hard during its summer season, with damage to fruit crops including apples, pears, kiwifruit, grapes and stonefruit exceeding €400 million (NZ$675 million), leading to some farmers considering walking off their land for good. New Zealand scientists have been ...