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The result is New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, or the BioHeritage Challenge as it is known – New Zealand’s first integrated science initiative to protect our biodiversity, improve biosecurity, and enhance the country’s resilience to harmful organisms. Some of the best and brightest researchers from 18 nation-wide partner organisations have taken up the challenge that encompasses virtually the whole of New Zealand – our terrestrial and freshwater environments, conservation land, farmland and other productive landscapes.
As official host of the BioHeritage Challenge, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research is proud to host the secretariat at our Lincoln head office. We are also delighted that Manaaki Whenua scientists have key roles within the Challenge. Dr Andrea Byrom was selected from an international field of applicants for the role of Challenge Director, while Dr Phil Lyver and Dr Bevan Weir lead Challenge projects and Dr Duane Peltzer is a member of the Science Leadership Group.