Discovery Issue 34
Driving innovation — August 2011
In this issue
Thanks to the crown research institute (CRI) taskforce and its consultation during 2010, each CRI now has a clear purpose and niche within the science sector.
Events assist in Canterbury rebuild
“The earthquakes that have rocked Canterbury over the last 10 months have had a profound impact on the region’s residents, infrastrucure and landscape”
Rabbits on the rise
It’s almost 15 years since the release of the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV), which decimated rabbit numbers over large areas of New Zealand. However, in the intervening years rabbits have developed increasing immunity to the virus and their numbers have started to recover.
Biocontrol agents battle tradescantia
The fight against one of the country’s most prolific plant pests has stepped up with the introduction of the first biocontrol agent and the planned release of two more by the end of the year.
New tools improve access to land resource information
A new land visualisation tool has been developed to provide convenient access to extensive information about Māori land.
Innovative tools for water management
An innovative new tool – the waterwheel – will be an important component in a new project recently funded by the ministry of science and innovation.