Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Discovery Issue 40

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Discovery Issue 40 | Nov 2015

The land sustains us all. Our national identity and legacy to future generations are shaped by our treasured biodiversity and landscapes. Landcare Research’s science enables the sustainable and productive use of those natural assets.

We believe innovation, in the sustainable management of New Zealand’s land resources and biodiversity, is the key to ensuring our society can develop within environmental limits into the future, meeting both community and market expectations.

At Landcare Research innovation is both pushing the frontiers of what we understand about our environment and also creating new solutions that are adopted and have impact. Our science teams work the length of New Zealand, in the Pacific and all around the world to generate innovation.

But without adoption innovation is sterile. At Landcare Research we are proud of the relationships we have with individuals and organisations who work with our teams to adopt new knowledge and solutions.

In each issue of Discovery we include topical stories from our science. Many of these include video and other content, including commentary by our partners and clients. Many of these projects are ongoing and we provide contact details if you want more information or would like to get involved.

Dr Richard Gordon
Chief Executive


Keith Ikin at his farm in the Waikato
State of the environment

General Manager Māori Development Keith Ikin argues the Environment Aotearoa 2015 report is a call to action for us all.


Landcare Research’s Paul Peterson carefully holds a tiny army of heather beetles.
Beetle power

Biocontrol, or biological control, is simply controlling one living thing by using another. On the Volcanic Plateau a little beetle is munching through heather, significantly reducing the weed's harmful impact on the environment.

More land, like Beacon Farm, is being converted to dairy around the country.
Greener pastures

Hundreds of thousands of hectares in New Zealand have been converted to dairy over the last decade, with the trend forecast to continue. But what impact does this have on soil carbon? Preliminary results from a study by Landcare Research look encouraging.

Map showing the extent of the Cape to City project area
Predator busters

The Hawke's Bay is embarking on a predator control project at a scale unheard of in New Zealand - 26,000 hectares. Aside from the obvious benefits to biodiversity, it could also have huge economic benefits for farmers.

Other news

Environment Minister Nick Smith presents Emiliana Organic Vineyards Sebastian Tramon, left, and Felipe Maureira, right, with their latest carboNZero certificate.
Binding agreement on climate change

This year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is weighted with expectations as it aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement with the goal of keeping global temperature rise below 2°C.

Fowl smells could help native birds Opens in a new window

A Kiwi scientist is following his nose and testing a novel approach which could help save nesting native birds from predators.

Beech forest
Three trillion trees estimated worldwide Opens in a new window

A new study has found there are more than three trillion trees in the world – about eight times higher than previous estimates.

Connor Boyle, Gabrielle Young and Ashlyn Baum hug the trees they were awarded for their concept Treehuggers.
Bright ideas brimming at the NatureHack hackathon event Opens in a new window

Three strangers have developed a web app to help landowners know how suitable their property is for bees.

Rat predation of a nestling (Photo: Ngā Manu)
Mega-masts, climate change and the management of invasive mammals Opens in a new window

Many New Zealand plants sporadically have years with very high seed production, which ultimately increases predation on indigenous species.

Preparing to dig out stony soil lysimeters.
Contaminant leaching through stony soils Opens in a new window

Concerns exist about the ability of stony soils to sustain intensified land use, while maintaining nutrient leaching within discharge limits.

International flags, McMurdo Base, Antarctica (Richard Gordon)
Antarctic Environments Portal launch Opens in a new window

The open access Antarctic Environments Portal is an online source of high quality, unbiased, apolitical information presented in a synthesised form so that it is policy-ready and focused on priority issues.

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