Ecosystems

Understanding the resilience of natural and production ecosystems is a key focus for the BioHeritage Challenge, so we can accelerate efforts to restore them.

Adaptive Evolution of Native Biota

Researchers are collecting DNA information from some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most threatened species in an effort to make them more resilient to future environmental change.

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Combating pathogen risk using genomics

Rapid assessments of the potential impact of pathogens are critical in protecting ecosystems from new threats.

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Customary Approaches To Ecosystem Resilience

Researchers are investigating how applying kaitiakitanga (Māori guardianship) approaches help to reverse the decline of biodiversity, and support the link between Māori communities and the environment.

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eDNA For Environmental Monitoring

In a New Zealand first, researchers have developed a nationwide database to integrate and share eDNA data to allow biological diversity across our diverse landscapes to be assessed and compared.

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Farming & Nature Conservation

Biodiversity can help increase agro-ecosystem resilience, however we don’t know what’s required to support changes in on-farm biodiversity management.

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Mātauranga Māori For Biological Heritage

Kaumātua- (elder) led research that puts Māori methods and mātauranga (knowledge) first is a key part of restoring Aotearoa New Zealand’s land and freshwater ecosystems.

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Predicting and preventing ecosystem decline

Researchers are developing a framework to help predict and prevent the approach of rapid, harmful and difficult-to-reverse changes in ecosystems.

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Rebuilding Healthy Rivers

Researchers are using freshwater systems as a model to test how degraded ecosystems can be resistant to disruptions – including upsets that aim to restore them.

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Risk Assessment & Ecosystem Impacts

This research team are developing standardised measures to quantify the impact both kauri dieback and myrtle rust are having on the wider ecosystem.

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Taking the sting out of the common wasp

Large-scale eradication may be in store for the humble wasp – a species responsible for one of the worst pest problems in Aotearoa.

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The Groundwater Biodiversity Project

The unsung heroes of our groundwater system are helping researchers assess the health of freshwater ecosystems.

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