Discovery Issue 40
Discovery Issue 40 | Nov 2015The 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
General Manager Māori Development Keith Ikin argues the Environment Aotearoa 2015 report is a call to action for us all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Kiwi scientist is following his nose and testing a novel approach which could help save nesting native birds from predators.
A new study has found there are more than three trillion trees in the world – about eight times higher than previous estimates.
Three strangers have developed a web app to help landowners know how suitable their property is for bees.
Many New Zealand plants sporadically have years with very high seed production, which ultimately increases predation on indigenous species.
Concerns exist about the ability of stony soils to sustain intensified land use, while maintaining nutrient leaching within discharge limits.
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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Tui in a kowhai tree
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This beautiful A3 poster depicts a tui feeding on kowhai nectar.