Kauri Dieback monitoring in the Waitākere Ranges - Biological Heritage - National Science Challenge
A new collaborate effort between Auckland Council, mana whenua and researchers is underway to monitor kauri dieback in the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park, with plans to survey up to 3,500 kauri trees for signs of the disease.
Early signs of success at mussel ‘restoration stations’
Commercial mussel lines are great at catching mussel spat, but are predominantly made of plastic. The Awhi Mai Awhi Atu project, led by Associate Professor Kura Paul-Burke (University of Waikato), is investigating the feasibility of using natural fibre lines to help restore kuku/mussel beds in Ōhiwa Harbour. In 2007 there were 112 million baby kuku in a continuous 2km reef – by 2019 there were less than 80,000 in the entire harbour. Kuku, also called kutai, are a taonga (treasured) species…
Microscopic epiphytes may help in the war against myrtle rust - Biological Heritage - National Science Challenge
Microbiologist Hayley Ridgway is investigating the epiphytic microbe communities living on myrtle species, and their role in the spread of myrtle rust.
Understanding the microbial communities of symptomatic kauri soils - Biological Heritage - National Science Challenge
PhD candidate Alexa Byers has recently published new research in Soil Biology and Biochemistry on the composition of microbial communities in soil associated with roots of kauri that are symptomatic and asymptomatic for kauri dieback.
Sarah Sale, growing a troublesome fungus for good - Biological Heritage - National Science Challenge
Sarah Sale, a PhD candidate and new member of the Beyond Myrtle Rust programme, started her research amid New Zealand’s lockdown.
Monitoring for tipping points in the marine environment — SUSTAINABLE SEAS NSC
Stressors caused by human and natural activities can lead to a ‘tipping point’, where an ecosystem loses its capacity to cope with change and it rapidly transforms. Tipping points are difficult to predict and often result in the loss of valuable marine resources or ecosystem services. Environmental monitoring is critical to detect changes so that we know the early warning signs (EWS) of when a tipping point (TP) is being approached, and to increase the certainty that a TP has occurred...
Bioethics Panel - Biological Heritage - National Science Challenge
To achieve the vision of Predator Free New Zealand 2050, researchers need to develop novel tools and technologies for cost-effective, landscape-scale control, eradication and surveillance of small mammal pests.
Virtual plastic tracker
Heni Unwin, a Kairangahau (researcher) at Cawthron Institute, speaks with LEARNZ educator Shelley Hersey about Ocean Plastic Simulator (referred to as the virtual plastic tracker in the video). The app uses computer modelling to visualise where virtual plastic dropped in the seas around New Zealand might end up. Discussion point: What are two ways people can use the tracking app for conservation purposes?
Fate of plastic dropped in Cook Strait
The Ocean Plastic Simulator models what could happen to virtual plastic dropped near Ward (black dot) in Cook Strait. After 30 days, some of the plastic (red x) has washed onto the coast of the North Island, while other pieces (green dot) are swept out to the open ocean.
Plastic debris on the beach
Millions of tonnes of plastics enter the oceans every year. Plastics do not biodegrade but break into smaller pieces. Plastic pieces are picked up by ocean waves and currents and carried long distances.
Seaweek focus on tracking plastic pollution
During Seaweek, Cawthron Institute researcher Heni Unwin travelled the country to share her research with Dr Ross Vennell on tracking plastic pollution in our marine environment. Heni, a kariangahau (Māori researcher), visited 10 primary and secondary schools in Whangarei, Wellington and Nelson where she talked about plastic pollution. Students got the opportunity to use a virtual plastic tracking tool Heni and Ross have developed. “The students gave feedback that has helped us improve our…
Diane Ruwhiu - Curious Minds, He Hihiri i te Mahara
Diane (Ngāpuhi) helps ensure that mātauranga (Māori knowledge) is valued alongside science in national problem-solving initiatives such as Rethinking Plastics Aotearoa.