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Pūtaiao - Manaaki Whenua science summary

Tēnā koe and welcome to Issue 10 of Pūtaiao (‘science’ in te reo Māori), our quarterly publication showcasing the work of our scientists at Manaaki Whenua.
Cover: Pūtaiao Issue 10. Biodiversity & biosecurity.

Cover: Pūtaiao Issue 10. Biodiversity & biosecurity. Science for Aotearoa’s unique ecosystems.

Issue 10: Biodiversity & biosecurity. Science for Aotearoa’s unique ecosystems

Each issue of Pūtaiao shares the benefits and outcomes of our science in helping ensure a sustainable, productive future for Aotearoa New Zealand. In this issue many of the stories focus on science to enhance our biosecurity and biodiversity – important aspects of research delivery and impact at Manaaki Whenua.

In this issue we highlight our progress supporting Aotearoa New Zealand’s predator-free ambitions, including early work on developing novel species-specific toxins and the particularly tricky problem of mouse eradication. We show how our micro-organisms collection contributes to national biosecurity as well as being a potential source of future valuable antibiotics and other as-yet undiscovered beneficial compounds. We also summarise our research on COVID-19, when our social scientists and ecosystem modellers were able to pivot from the study of environmental decision-making and predator-prey research to epidemiology and compliance with public health directives.

Other stories showcase our work in soil erosion control, progress in research into Myrtle Rust, and a fascinating tale about the genetic origins of invasive rats.

If you wish to be included on the mailing list for Pūtaiao, or to find out more about any of the stories, contact Manaaki Whenua’s Communications Manager
Dan Park: parkdj@landcareresearch.co.nz

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