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Natural Enemy For Invasive African Tulip Tree Arrives In The Kingdom Of Tonga

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 2:13 pm | Landcare Research

Despite ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions to the Kingdom of Tonga, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research (MWLR) was able this week to ship off a courier package containing African tulip tree ( Spathodea campanulata ) cuttings infested with gall mites ( ... More >>

Myrtle Rust Found On The Chatham Islands

Wednesday, 20 April 2022, 2:24 pm | Landcare Research

Myrtle rust has been found on the Chatham Islands. This disease, caused by the invasive fungus Austropuccinia psidii , impacts plants in the Myrtaceae family (myrtles) including iconic New Zealand species like pōhutukawa. However there are no endemic Myrtaceae ... More >>

Invasive Predators Find Their Niche

Tuesday, 19 April 2022, 1:21 pm | Landcare Research

‘Stay in your lane, there’s enough to go around’ seems to be the talk among New Zealand’s top three introduced predator species. Recent research published by Patrick Garvey, Al Glen and Roger Pech in the journal Ecological Applications ... More >>

Coupled Systems Key To Successful Climate Change Outcomes

Friday, 18 February 2022, 9:44 am | Landcare Research

TheState of New Zealand Garden Birds 2021|TeāhuaongāmanuotekāriiAotearoa , a report released today by Manaaki Whenua-LandcareResearch, shows the latest results from New Zealand’s longest-running citizen science project – the ... More >>

‘Te Reo O Te Repo – Kei Konei Tonu’ Cultural WetlandHandbook Launched

Monday, 11 October 2021, 1:40 pm | Landcare Research

A new cultural repo (wetland) handbook is being launched to help give a voice torepo throughout AotearoaNew Zealand. ‘Te Reo o Te Repo – Keikoneitonuau | The Voice of the Wetland – I am still here’is the second volume of the Te ... More >>

Swapping Time For Space To Track The Impact Of Microbes On Climate Change

Friday, 1 October 2021, 9:09 am | Landcare Research

Whether soils lose or gain carbon under warming temperatures remains one of the significant unknowns in climate change studies. In breakthrough research, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare researchers Manpreet Dhami and Gabriel Moinet have made an important ... More >>

First Map Of Individual Kauri Trees In Waitakere Ranges Released To Help Understand The Spread Of Kauri Dieback

Monday, 9 August 2021, 10:09 am | Landcare Research

Researchers at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute for our land and environment, have produced the first map of individual kauri trees in New Zealand, focusing initially on the 27,000-hectare Waitakere Ranges ... More >>

State Of The Garden Birds 2020 / Te Āhua O Ngā Manu O Te Kāri I Aotearoa

Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 2:35 pm | Landcare Research

Numbers of some native and introduced garden bird species are increasing across New Zealand. This is good news for our urban environments, and may also indicate progress in habitat restoration and predator control in parts of New Zealand. The ... More >>

Coupled Systems Key To Successful Climate Change Outcomes

Friday, 11 June 2021, 9:29 am | Landcare Research

Treating climate, biodiversity and human society as coupled systems will be key to successfully mitigate the effects of climate change. A landmark international report on Biodiversity and Climate change co-sponsored by IPBES (the 137 nation biodiversity ... More >>

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 >>