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Trans-Tasman Collaboration Unlocks Genetic Secrets Behind Myrtle Rust

Thursday, 29 April 2021, 1:28 pm | Landcare Research

In a trans-Tasman collaboration, scientists have sequenced the genome of Austropuccinia psidii , the fungus responsible for the disease myrtle rust, and produced the world’s largest assembled fungal genome. Their work was recently published in the journal ... More >>

New Wetland Educational Resources Released To All Schools To Help Reconnect Tamariki With Their Local Repo

Monday, 1 February 2021, 10:58 am | Landcare Research

A new series of repo (wetland) educational resources focusing on education, awareness, and kaitiakitanga (guardianship) is being launched on World Wetlands Day (February 2) to all schools throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. A year-long collaborative ... More >>

Myrtle Rust Update: Mature Native Trees Now Dying

Tuesday, 8 December 2020, 3:32 pm | Landcare Research

The first known case of mature tree death due to myrtle rust infection has been observed in the East Cape of Aotearoa New Zealand, suggesting localized extinction for some native myrtles could become a reality. “I’ve been monitoring myrtle ... More >>

New App To Identify Plants At Risk From Myrtle Rust

Tuesday, 8 December 2020, 2:19 pm | Landcare Research

People keen to support the fight against the fungal disease myrtle rust, which threatens many of Aotearoa-New Zealand’s native trees, shrubs and climbers, now have a new tool to help identify vulnerable plants in the myrtle family. Manaaki Whenua – ... More >>

Call Of The Kererū Reveals A Hidden Treasure

Friday, 27 November 2020, 9:46 am | Landcare Research

A new two part documentary gives a rare and insightful look into Tūhoe and their unique relationship with Te Urewera as seen through the iwi’s connection with the kererū. Te Kura Huna o Te Urewera (The Hidden Treasure of Te Urewera) speaks to ... More >>

Backpacking Kākā In The Waikato

Thursday, 26 November 2020, 12:07 pm | Landcare Research

The kākā is a large, noisy, olive-brown parrot, endemic to New Zealand and usually found in native forest. Under threat particularly from predatory stoats and possums, and from habitat loss, kākā are classified nationally as “At Risk”. For conservation ... More >>

Weka Tucker – Could Mice And Rats Be On The Menu?

Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 3:20 pm | Landcare Research

A recent study has suggested that New Zealand’s native scallywag bird, the weka ( Gallirallus australis) , may be able to help restore native biodiversity by suppressing pest animals such as rats and mice. The study, published in the New Zealand Journal ... More >>

Rats With Chips: How Microchipped Rats Are Helping Scientists To Protect Our Native Birds

Monday, 7 September 2020, 11:40 am | Landcare Research

Some of the highest rat densities ever measured on the New Zealand mainland are being recorded in a study run by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, at a remote Fiordland forest site. The study, run in collaboration with the Department of Conservation, ... More >>

A Major Update Of S-map Online Soil Data

Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 2:09 pm | Landcare Research

S-map Online, a tool developed and updated by Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, provides the best available soil survey data for New Zealand. The latest update to S-map, scheduled for August 27, is a significant nationwide update. A major focus ... More >>

Antarctica More Widely Impacted By Human Activity Than Previously Thought

Thursday, 16 July 2020, 5:11 pm | Landcare Research

Dr Fraser Morgan in the Wright Valley Antarctica Antarctica is usually viewed as a large, pristine wilderness area, untouched by humans. Yet since its formal discovery 200 years ago, the continent has seen accelerating and potentially impactful human ... More >>

Gut Flora Could Hold Key To Kiwi Survival

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 12:31 pm | Landcare Research

Could the secret to kiwi survival be in its poo?That’sthequestionManaaki Whenua researchers are seeking to answer. Brown Kiwi ( Apteryxmantelli )arehighlyvulnerable to extinction in the wild, with populations currently in serious decline. Even though ... More >>

Agency collaboration puts focus on forest food sources

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 9:01 am | Landcare Research

A multi-agency research collaboration is putting the focus on forest food sources as part of wider efforts to boost New Zealand’s native bird populations. More >>

Adélie Penguins Contribute To A Better Understanding Of Marine Protected Areas In Antarctica

Monday, 25 May 2020, 2:32 pm | Landcare Research

Satellites are keeping track of what Adélie penguins and other top predators get up to in the Antarctic, and those data are helping a multi-national research effort better understand the benefits of Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean. Manaaki ... More >>

New Mapping Package Gives Iwi And Conservation Groups The Tools To Monitor Progress

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 2:55 pm | Landcare Research

Iwi and conservation groups throughout the country can now track and plan the conservation progress of native taonga species in their rohe, thanks to a new free software package. Researchers from Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research have developed a downloadable ... More >>

Myrtle rust is having sex – what it means for New Zealand

Monday, 3 February 2020, 3:29 pm | Landcare Research

Myrtle rust is an invasive fungus that infects iconic native New Zealand trees in the Myrtaceae family, such as pōhutukawa and mānuka. More >>

How is New Zealand’s landscape changing?

Friday, 31 January 2020, 3:57 pm | Landcare Research

New Zealand’s land cover is constantly changing. This week sees the release of version 5 of New Zealand’s Land Cover Database (LCDB), which details these changes, helping us to understand how the way we are using our land is changing. More >>

World attention for New Zealand’s threatened fungi

Friday, 10 January 2020, 12:20 pm | Landcare Research

World attention for New Zealand’s threatened fungi Established in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species ( ) is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. It is now ... More >>

'Tis the season – for gardening and for plant disease

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 4:30 pm | Landcare Research

All throughout Aotearoa, offices are closing and people are winding down for the summer. For those of us staying home or visiting baches this season, a popular summertime activity is gardening. However, there is a threat to New Zealand’s native plants ... More >>

How many moa?

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 4:10 pm | Landcare Research

Flightless birds were once the largest and heaviest terrestrial fauna on many archipelagos around the world – including the nine species of moa in New Zealand. More >>

Seeds of New Zealand – a life’s work bears fruit

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 4:38 pm | Landcare Research

A seed atlas that can help researchers identify what ancient animals ate or lead forensic investigators to crime scenes was released this week. Seeds of New Zealand: Monocotyledons , by Colin Webb and published by Manuka Press, is the second (and ... More >>