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Sue Scheele

Research Associate
Systematics
Sue Scheele
Location
Lincoln
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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

Lincoln
DipAgSc Entomology
1983

Otago
BA Education
1975

Publications

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.

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.

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.

Harris W, Scheele SM, Forrester GJ, Kanawa KT, Murray M, Pahewa E 2008. Varietal differences and environmental effects on fibre extracted from Phormium leaves and prepared for traditional Māori weaving. New Zealand Journal of Botany 46(4): 401-423. ISI:000262767000002.

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.

Harris W, Scheele SM, Forrester GJ, Murray M, Kanawa KT, Pahewa E 2007. Varietal differences and environmental effects on the characteristics of leaf strips of Phormium prepared for traditional Maori plaiting. New Zealand journal of botany 45(1): 111-137.

Scheele S 2007. The 2006 Banks Memorial Lecture: cultural uses of New Zealand native plants. New Zealand garden journal 10(2): 10-16.

Tauwhare SEK, Newman RH, Scheele S, Kanawa RT 2006. Chemotaxonomy of Phormium based on sugar-residue analyses of the leaf exudates. New Zealand journal of botany 44(2): 129-133.

Scheele S 2005. Harakeke : the Rene Orchiston collection. Lincoln, Manaaki Whenua Press. -30 p.

Scheele S 1997. Insect pests and diseases of harakeke. Lincoln, Manaaki Whenua Press. -27 p.

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Memberships

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