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Indigenous Fungus May Help To Control Wilding Pines

Monday, 31 May 2021, 9:55 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

An indigenous New Zealand fungus may help to control wilding pines – one of the country’s most ecologically damaging weed species – a student’s research project shows. Wilding pine control costs New Zealand millions of dollars a year, and involves ... More >>

Native Plants May Be Weapon Against Soil Contamination

Monday, 17 May 2021, 9:56 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

New Zealand’s native plants may help to reduce bacterial contamination caused by dairy effluent, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Bio-Protection Research Centre, ESR, and the University of Canterbury have shown northern rātā ( Metrosideros ... More >>

Research Suggests Introduced Wasps Aren’t All Bad

Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 10:06 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

They’re the stinging, flying pests we all love to hate. But introduced Asian and Australian paper wasps may play a more complex ecological role in New Zealand than thought, and may even help to control some agricultural pests. “Introduced wasps ... More >>

Species Interactions Are The Hidden Key To Understanding Non-native Plant Impacts

Friday, 29 May 2020, 9:48 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

New research published in the journal Science shows that non-native plants interact differently with insects and soil microbes than native plants, which has dramatic consequences for carbon cycling. Carbon cycling is the process by which plants take ... More >>

Flowering Alyssum Can Help To Protect Brassica Crops

Monday, 4 May 2020, 1:00 pm | Bio-Protection Research Centre

A common garden plant may hold the key to protecting brassica crops from the wheat bug, Nysius huttoni, a damaging pest. In a paper just published in the journal Agricultural and Forest Entomology , Sundar Tiwari, who has just completed his PhD through the ... More >>

Discovery may open door to new medicines

Monday, 9 December 2019, 10:18 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

Bio-Protection Research Centre scientists and collaborators have made a discovery that potentially opens the door to new medicines and biological pesticides. In work that began with a PhD thesis, and continued through postdoctoral work, they have ... More >>

New Zealand has a new insect and it’s named after a hobbit

Friday, 20 September 2019, 10:43 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

New Zealand has a new insect, and just like the hobbit it’s named after, it’s smaller than its closely related species, and has great views of the Southern Alps. But unlike the hobbit, it may be living on your kōwhai tree. Dr Francesco Martoni ... More >>

Cultural values important to forest stakeholders

Friday, 13 September 2019, 10:10 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

Māori and non- Māori value different aspects of plantation forestry, which owners should bear in mind if they want to maximise their social licence to operate, a new study shows. More >>

Professor honoured for science communication

Friday, 22 March 2019, 10:01 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

Professor Steve Wratten, a Principal Investigator at the Bio-Protection Research Centre and Professor of Ecology at Lincoln University, has won the John Taylor Award for leadership in horticulture. The award from the Canterbury Horticultural Society ... More >>

Community, students inspire award-winning scientist

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 11:13 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

The scientist named as New Zealand’s emerging leader in biosecurity says she is inspired and motivated by the tireless efforts of volunteers and community groups in protecting New Zealand’s environment. More >>

Pine and pasture may harbour kauri dieback

Wednesday, 4 July 2018, 11:59 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

The Government should be cautious about planting pine near northern kauri forests, as research suggests they may act as reservoirs for kauri dieback, says an expert in the disease. More >>