6/10/2010 - NZ Antropod Collection Factsheet Series
A new web site for information that includes insects that damage trees, e.g. puriri moth.
The factsheet series: Interesting Insects and other Invertebrates, is on line at:
10/04/2009 - Broom biocontrol agents established and available for releases
2009–10 season commercial release of three Broom agents to Forestry companies this coming Spring/summer.
It is expected that Landcare Research should be able to offer the following in 2009/10:
Broom gall mite (limited supply) $5,000
Broom leaf beetle 1 release $4,000
3 releases $10,000
Broom shoot moth $6,000
A release means that Landcare Research provide a nucleus population of a biocontrol agent, which can either be couriered or hand delivered and help to release can be provided if need be. It also entitles the purchaser access to a back up service whereby Landcare Research provide on–going information and advice, including free attendance at training workshops. It does not cover the cost of any subsequent monitoring of release sites. Often ways can be found of assisting with such monitoring free of charge, when other field staff are in the area for other work. Landcare Research also train people at their workshops to be able to monitor agents themselves.
If anyone is interested in releases they should contact the FHRC Secreatary (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.
31/10/2008 - Plant–SyNZ herbivore biodiversity tool
Plant–SyNZ™ is a new tool for assessing the biodiversity of insect and mite herbivores on native plants. It is being developed by Crop & Food Research for use by professional scientists, lay people and school students. Insects are an important and numerous component of New Zealand’s biodiversity and it is important that they are assessed in biodiversity studies. Plant–SyNZ™ is based upon photographs of plant damage caused by the invertebrates and photographs of invertebrates that have a unique appearance on a particular plant. The tool is designed to be used for a wide variety of purposes and by people with different skill levels.
15/04/2005 - New Zealand Forest Health Research Collaborative
Welcome to the revamped web site for the NZFHRC. The Collaborative was established in 1997 and aims to provide solutions to forest health problems of relevance to its members. These aims are achieved through cost effective research and technology transfer, to minimise the effects of pests and diseases on trees, forests and wood.
The Collaborative operates by providing a forum for:
- Identifying forest health issues.
- Prioritising research needs.
- Funding research projects.
- Sponsoring workshops and field visits.
- Generally enhancing communication and networking.
Membership is open to any individual or organisation with an interest in forest health. Membership is achieved by being a member of the New Zealand Forest Owners Association or paying an annual NZ$1,200 subscription. Subscriptions paid to the Collaborative are used to fund research projects. At present there are about 30 members (see membership page).
At present there are three themes used to deliver the Collaborative aims:
Theme 1 - Risk Management/ Biosecurity
Theme 2 - Management of Current Pests and Diseases
Theme 3 - Forest Health Toolbox and Technical Transfer
Please feel free to contact us should you wish to find out more about the Collaborative or if you would like to become a member.