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.

Biodiversity assessment framework for ecosystems

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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Blending Māori knowledge with research for better results

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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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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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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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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Recovering degraded waterways

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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Taking a bio-cultural approach to restoring Aotearoa’s biodiversity

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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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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Using DNA to help threatened species survive environmental change

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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What’s in our groundwater?

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

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