Control, Protect, Cure

This theme will incorporate research from across Ngā Rākau Taketake, with an emphasis on novel tools and approaches.

 

The inventory of research outputs and resources can be found here:

Control, Protect, Cure

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Overview Te Tirohanga Whānui

The myrtle rust and kauri dieback spaces desperately need a suite of fully integrated management tools and approaches to saving our ngahere (forest).

To this end, Ngā Rākau Taketake is investing in research and related activities in the field of Tools and Technologies for Detection and Management. This team has been using an extensive outreach process to socialise new technologies, assess important values and concerns, and ensure research, operations and case studies are integrated.

Mā te whiritahi, ka whakatutuki ai ngā pūmanawa ā tāngata

Together weaving the realisation of potential

Control, Protect, Cure 2022

Research Area Summary Te Whakarāpopototanga Kaupapa

Extensive consultation has determined priority areas for research:

  1. Rapid/novel detection and diagnostics
  2. Currently used/alternative disinfectants and their validation
  3. Mātauranga-based bioactives

The team have reached out to over 120 people in the myrtle rust and kauri dieback spaces to find out what needs to be done and who could do it. Seven video hui have taken place, or are scheduled to focus on: disinfecting pathways/alternative disinfectants; pathogen control in the landscape; mātauranga-based bioactives; forest health; novel detection methods for kaitiaki and land managers; and diagnostics in the field.

Co-leads Ngā kaiārahi ngātahi

Marion Wood

Marion Wood

Marion Wood


Plant and Food Research
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Dave Milner

Dave Milner

Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whatua, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou
Perception Planning Limited

Resource outputs from this programme

Report

Development and deployment of an Austropuccinia psidii biotype differential diagnostic test.

Five Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) assays, designed by USA-based colleagues to specifically diagnose four of the genetic clusters (clades) of Austropuccinia psidii (Pandemic (two assays), Eucalyptus,…
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Report

Cultural monitoring tools: A mana whenua narrative

This report reflects the narrative captured whilst developing and trialing a cultural monitoring survey tool for the Ngā Rākau Taketake Theme, Control Protect, Cure; Cultural…
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Report

Optimising methods for screening the susceptibility of host species populations to myrtle rust

The highly invasive rust Austropuccinia psidii (myrtle rust) has an unusually large host range, with over 480 known hosts worldwide. The aim of this project…
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Publication

Thesis: Detection and prevention: Improving techniques to manage Phytophthora agathidicida, the causal agent of kauri dieback

Real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) have been published as molecular detection techniques for P. agathidicida; however, they are not yet…
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Presentation

Why understanding the biology of Phytophthora agathidicida matters – Jochem Vink

Presented as part of the Kaurilands Summit 2023, hosted by Ngā Rākau Taketake.   To find out more about the Control, Protect, Cure research theme…
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Presentation

Updating the toolbox in the fight against Phytophthora agathidicida – Marion Wood

Presented as part of the Kaurilands Summit 2023, hosted by Ngā Rākau Taketake.   To find our more about the Control, Protect, Cure research theme…
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Publication

A fluorescence-based viability assay for Phytophthora agathidicida oospores (Preprint)

Viability staining is an essential tool in many fields of microbiology. In this study, we aimed to establish a dual fluorescence method for detecting the…
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Publication

Harnessing CRISPR-Cas for oomycete genome editing

Oomycetes are a group of microorganisms that include pathogens responsible for devastating diseases in plants and animals worldwide. Despite their importance, the development of genome…
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Publication

Plant-pathogen management in a native forest ecosystem

Forest ecosystems all over the world are facing a growing threat from plant disease outbreaks. As pollution, climate change, and global pathogen movement intensify, so…
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Publication

The Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) profile of Phytophthora agathidicida and its potential use as diagnostic tool

Phytophthora diseases cause devastation to crops and native ecosystems worldwide. In New Zealand, Phytophthora agathidicida is threatening the survival of kauri, an endemic, culturally and…
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Tool or Model

Myrtle Rust Science Stocktake

A list of past and current research focussed on biology, impacts and management of myrtle rust is now available. This updated stocktake builds on work…
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Tool or Model

Kauri Dieback Science Stocktake

A list of past and current research focused on biology, impacts and management of kauri dieback is now available. This updated stocktake builds on work…
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Video

Control, Protect, Cure 2022

The ‘Control, Protect, Cure’ team have been using an extensive outreach process to develop and socialise new technologies, assess important values and concerns, and ensure…
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Media

Kauri: The fightback against dieback

The threat to kauri from dieback hasn’t gone away but the disease isn’t spreading as fast as feared. New management techniques and research into the…
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