Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Sue Scheele

Sue Scheele
Position: Science Team Leader
Team: Ecosystems & Global Change
Location: Lincoln
P.O. Box 69040
Lincoln 7640
Phone: +64 3 321 9796
Fax: +64 3 321 9998

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Research Interests

Research Interests

Research interests

  • cultural uses of New Zealand native plants
  • plants used for weaving, particularly harakeke (New Zealand flax, Phormium)
  • pests and diseases of NZ flax
  • issues relating to access and benefit sharing of biological resources

Current projects

  • determining relationships and fibre characteristics of cultivars in National New Zealand Flax Collection
  • development and updating of Nga Tipu Whakaoranga database on traditional uses of native plants
  • anti-fungal properties of harakeke fibre 
  • on advisory group to develop a national policy framework on bio-prospecting (in recess)
  • team management (Ecosystems and Global Change)

 

  • team management

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Lincoln
    DipAgSc Entomology
    1983
  • Otago
    BA Education
    1975

Publications

Publications

  • Buchanan's List - plants important for Maori subsistence economy Paper submitted to Otago University Press (Conference Proceedings, 2013)
  • Weston RJ, Smith GJ, Scheele SM, Williams SH 2012. Accelerated hydrothermal degradation of fibres of Phormium tenax (New Zealand flax). Journal of cultural heritage 13(4): 413-418. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S129620741100118X (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Scheele S 2011. New Zealand woolpack and textiles samples. In: McKergow F, Taylor K ed. Te hao nui: the great catch. Auckland, New Zealand, Random House New Zealand. Pp. 174–179. (Book Section, 2011)
  • Smith GJ, Tang Y, Dyer JM, Scheele SM 2011. Coumarins in Phormium (New Zealand flax) fibers :their role in fluorescence and photodegradation. Photochemistry and photobiology 87(1): 45-50. (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Scheele S, Smissen R 2010. Insights into the origin and identity of National New Zealand Flax Collection plants from simple sequence repeat (SSR) genotyping. New Zealand journal of botany 48(1): 41 - 54. (Journal Article, 2010)
  • Harris W, Scheele S, Forrester G, Pahewa E, Te Kanawa K, Murray M 2009. Varietal and environmental influences on the properties of strands prepared from Phormium leaves to make the Maori garment piupiu. New Zealand journal of botany 47: 249-269. (Journal Article, 2009)
  • Smith GJ, Chadwick R, Konese N, Scheele S, Tauwhare SE, Weston RJ 2008. Photodegradation of Phormium tenax fibres: the role of naturally occurring coumarins. In: Hayward M, Kramer E ed. Textiles and Text: Re-establishing the links between archival and object-based research: Postprints. Archetype Publications. Pp. 264-268. (Book Section, 2008)

Memberships

Memberships

  • Member of Bioprospecting Taumata group Ongoing; In recess awaiting Crown response to WAI262 claim, MBIE

Skills

Skills

  • Ethnobotany
  • Indigenous - Research on traditional uses of NZ native plants, particularly flax.
  • Health and Safety
  • Project Management
  • Treaty of Waitangi Issues
  • Team management
  • Manager, National New Zealand Flax Collection
  • Manager, Nga Tipu Whakoranga database on traditional uses of NZ native plants