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Stan Bellgard says innovative science will help catch a pathogen killing kauri forests.
Catching a killer Opens in a new window

In Western Australia, where Stan Bellgard is from, they call Phytophthora a ‘biological bulldozer’. Catchy name, isn't it? And Phytophthora agathidicida (or PTA), more widely referred to by New Zealanders as ‘kauri dieback’, is proving equally destructive.

A diverse pasture sward.
Discovering prosperity by planting diverse pastures Opens in a new window

Landcare Research scientists have made an important discovery about the ubiquitous farming practice of letting grass grow under your gumboots. Soil scientist Dr Paul Mudge, in collaboration with DairyNZ, has discovered that the introduction of herbs into ryegrass pastures can increase annual dry matter production by 1.3 tonnes per hectare.

Landcare Research scientists Dr Carolyn Hedley and Dr Pierre Roudier have developed a faster, more efficient soil scanner using space age technology.
A soil scanner from space age science Opens in a new window

Landcare Research is using sensor technologies, similar to those used on the Mars rover, to rapidly scan soils and estimate soil organic carbon stocks. Visible near-infrared (Vis-NIR) spectroscopy is being used on a custom-made soil scanner by Landcare Research as part of a Global Research Alliance (GRA) project, led by CSIRO, Australia.

Dr Bevan Weir collects another fungi specimen near Glenorchy, Queenstown.
Fungi join fight against infection Opens in a new window

A collection of New Zealand fungi could play a vital role in solving one of the world’s most serious health concerns.

Two of the now dozens of samples that Landcare Research has carefully preserved in its Allan Herbarium.
Plant collection identifies dangerous mystery weed Opens in a new window

The Environment Canterbury biosecurity team remember it (for it was the best name they could conjure) sitting ‘on the smoko room table and not having any idea what it was’.

Farmers seek biocontrol for smelly weed Opens in a new window

A high country sheep farmer is leading the fight against a putrid-smelling weed that reduces lucerne yields, wool quality and taints meat.

Dr Bob Brown and Dr Ronny Groenteman are searching for a biocontrol agent for wasps.
Fighting wasps with wasps Opens in a new window

A parasitic wasp is the latest weapon scientists are investigating in the war against wasps.