Genetic and genomic technologies

Our current position is that gene drives and/or other GE technologies will potentially be useful for the eradication of pests…

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A new recruit for Beyond Myrtle Rust

The pathogen causing myrtle rust might be tiny, but it’s effects could impact carbon, water and nutrient cycles at both the plant and ecosystem levels.

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Worldwide connections made at indigenous biosecurity hui

An International Indigenous Biosecurity Network will be established thanks to a hui taumata (conference) bringing together experts from around the globe.

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Myrtle rust featured at Tauranga Conservation week

There’s still plenty of local community interest about the research and management of myrtle rust.

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Surge funding investment

Four new projects are underway within Ngā Rākau Taketake that address key science priorites identified in the kauri dieback and myrtle rust strategic science plans.

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NRT scoping group making great progress

The Ngā Rākau Taketake (NRT) scoping group pitched their Investment Prospectus to a ‘dragons den’ earlier in the month, receiving lots of positive and constructive feedback.

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The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?

University of Waikato PhD candidate Tom Moore investigates the housing crisis of taonga species kākahi.

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Small mammals in the pest-control spotlight

We still have a lot to learn about the fundamental ecology of some pest species that aren’t included in the “Predator Free 2050” efforts, says a Manaaki Whenua researcher.

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Early career leads pay off

Early career researchers are normally associated with uncertainty: short-term contracts, a need for experience, but few opportunities to get any.

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A Paracrangonyx species. Image thanks to Graham Fenwick, NIWA

Endemic groundwater species stay close to home

Many of New Zealand’s groundwater species are “short-range endemics” – being unique species restricted to areas as small as a single catchment.

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