April newsletter – Ngā Rākau Taketake

Details of the Ngā Rākau Taketake investments, how policy needs science and news from MPI

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Policy needs science like a fat tūī loves nectar

We “sat down” with Katrin Webb from DOC to talk about how policy uses the science provided to them, and how useful it is to have everyone at the table from the very beginning.

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February newsletter – BioHeritage

Tranche 2 lead-off investments, cats on farms, why restoration projects sometimes don’t go as we expect and more . . .

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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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If you build it, will they come?

University of Canterbury PhD student Issie Barrett writes about ecological tipping points, and why some restoration projects don’t always go as planned.

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Goals for our Strategic Outcomes

During the Tranche 2 scoping process each Strategic Outcome (SO) group was tasked with figuring out what the primary goals should be in their space. They relied on the breadth of knowledge and experience in the room, as well as consulting extensively with stakeholders and partners.

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Tranche 2 lead-off investments

We are ‘pushing play’ on an initial $1.78million investment into Tranche 2 research and related activities.

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January newsletter – Ngā Rākau Taketake

Myrtle rust infection and research updates, what dissolved organic carbon has to do with kauri dieback, and more . . .

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Myrtle rust is having sex – why this matters and what it means for New Zealand

A study has just been published containing new evidence that Austropuccinia psidii, the fungus that causes myrtle rust, is reproducing sexually in New Zealand in addition to cloning itself.

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Kauri dieback affects dissolved organic matter cycles

Measuring dissolved organic matter could give an idea of the extent to which trees are infected with Phytophthora agathidicida, according to a recent study.

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