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Biosecurity

Biosecurity is the process of detecting and controlling unwanted crop weeds, pests and diseases. Agriculture and the natural environment are very important to New Zealand’s economy. We have a ...

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Human impacts on marine environments

Throughout human existence we have relied on the oceans – for food, as a waste dump, for recreation, for economic opportunities and so on. However, it’s not only our activities in the marine ...

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Kiwifruit – learning to live with Psa

In November 2010, the bacterium Pseudomonas syringae pv. Actinidiae (Psa) was discovered in a Te Puke kiwifruit orchard. Psa had previously decimated kiwifruit crops in other parts of the world ...

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Native frogs

Frogs are vertebrates and belong to the class Amphibia. They are the only amphibians naturally occurring in New Zealand. All frogs have delicate, semi-permeable skin that allows them to absorb ...

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Insects and forest ecosystems

Our native forests – ngahere – have complex ecosystems. Within the wider ecosystems are smaller ecosystems, such as the one formed around honeydew. Honeydew is a sweet, sticky substance produced ...

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Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the number and variety of organisms found within a specified geographic region. New Zealand’s native biodiversity is unique because of our long isolation as small islands in a ...

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Kiwifruit plagued by Psa

A bacterial disease called Pseudomonas syringae pv actinidiae (Psa) has been plaguing New Zealand's kiwifruit industry. The bacteria were discovered in a Te Puke orchard in early November 2010 ...

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Myrtle rust

Myrtle rust is a disease caused by the fungus Austropuccinia psidii. It threatens plants in the Myrtaceae (myrtle) family. New Zealand has a variety of native plants that belong to this family ...

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Combating kiwifruit Psa

Scientists around New Zealand have been working on how to combat the highly virulent pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) – a bacterial disease that has been plaguing the kiwifruit ...

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Psa-resistant kiwifruit

Research by Plant & Food scientists is aiming to breed kiwifruit cultivars that show resistance to the pathogen Psa. Listen to this RNZ audio, Psa-resistant kiwifruit, recorded in 2012 ...

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Amazing ryegrass

Ryegrass is an important food for cattle, but it is also a favourite food of competing insects. Can biological control offer a solution? What's so special about ryegrass? Ryegrass is an important ...

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Fisheries in New Zealand – timeline

Fishing is a very important industry in New Zealand, and we have one of the largest territorial waters in the world. This timeline provides a look at some of the historical aspects of fisheries ...

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New Zealand Subantarctic Islands group

The Auckland Islands are often described as a hotspot of biodiversity, with a wide variety of seabirds, invertebrates and marine mammals and a range of hardy plants. There are five New Zealand ...

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Our Land and Water National Science Challenge

Farming is a way of life in New Zealand – about half the country’s land is used for primary production. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise reports that New Zealand-grown produce feeds over 40 ...

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Biosecurity threat – kiwifruit vine disease

In November 2010, kiwifruit growers discovered a highly contagious vine-killing canker that affects the vine of the kiwifruit but not the actual fruit. A number of kiwifruit orchards in Te Puke ...

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Rabbit control

In this activity, students consider the effects of the release of the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus as a biological control in Otago. By the end of this activity, students should be able to ...

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Ethics in conservation science

In this activity, students consider the conservation of native frogs from a number of different perspectives. By the end of this activity, students should be able to: examine the conservation of ...

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Saving reptiles and amphibians – timeline

This timeline provides look at some of the historical aspects of saving our reptiles and amphibians, the impacts on them by humans and our conversation efforts in New Zealand. 1200–1300 - Kiore ...

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