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Merino lambs

The New Zealand Merino Company signs on to partner with Eco-index

The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) is teaming up with the Eco-index programme to develop remote-sensing technology for quantifying native biodiversity on sheep farms.

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Waitomo Cave Anna Stewart

Lightless, not lifeless: Cave biodiversity and protection in Aotearoa

Accoladed scientist and author Jared Diamond has said that the closest human beings have come to visiting an alien planet was when Moananui explorers first landed their waka on the shores of Aotearoa. If our ecosystems are unique enough to warrant comparison with extra-terrestrial life, then life in our remote caves must be even more alien. BioHeritage spoke to Anna Stewart, research and conservation coordinator at The New Zealand Speleology Society, about these lightless worlds and how to protect them.

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Corey Ruha

Ngā Pī Ka Rere spotlight: Corey Ruha, mapping the Te Arawa rohe

Eco-index welcomed data scientist Corey Ruha (Te Arawa) to the team this year. Corey is developing a working model for the Eco-index tools in the context of Te Arawa catchments. He hopes the model will help iwi, hapū and whānau in other parts of Aotearoa visualise their rohe.

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Kevan Cote AgResearch

Ngā Pī Ka Rere spotlight: Kevan Cote, using machine learning to answer ecological questions

Kevan Cote’s work at AgResearch first involved tracking the welfare of goats, and more recently for Eco-index he’s creating systems to distinguish between ecosystem types. Two very different subjects, but with a fascinating common factor at play: machine learning.

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Penny Payne

Bringing impact to the fore at Eco-index

Penny Payne has joined the BioHeritage whānau as co-lead of the Eco-index programme. Find out more about her and what she brings to the team.

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In response to invasive aquatic weeds, should freshwater mussels go with the flow?

PhD student Tom Moore discusses his research on the impacts of invasive aquatic weeds on kākahi (freshwater mussels).

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Soil testing

Bacteria: a better indicator of soil quality?

The bacterial community in soil is so closely tied to land use that it can predict what’s going on ‘above…

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MR uredinia on lophomyrtus leaves

Preliminary results from priority myrtle rust monitoring

Over the 2019/2020 field season myrtle rust disease occurrence and severity was recorded fortnightly at two field sites in the Rotorua district. Here’s what they found.

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Non-productive vegetation can increase vital services on farms

Non-productive vegetation on farms can increase ecosystem services such as decomposition and nitrogen mineralisation, according to a recent study.

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Do feral cats like trees just as much as our natives do?

Vegetation on farms is usually considered good for biodiversity – but what if we’re enabling the very predators that stop native species bouncing back?

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