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SMC BRIEFING: Kauri dieback – what happens now?

John Kerr posted in on February 11th, 2015.

Kauri, one of New Zealand’s most iconic tree species, are dying. It is becoming apparent that Kauri Dieback disease is here to stay. But how widespread is the pathogen behind Dieback? Can we hold off the disease using fungicides? Or could we breed a new generation of Kauri trees resistant to the disease? Ahead of […]

Kauri tree rings give new insight into El Nino/La Nina cycles

Peter Griffin posted in on February 6th, 2012.

Climate  scientists interested in how El Nino/La Nina weather patterns may interact with future global warming are expected to take a close interest in the latest research using tree rings to build a picture of Northland’s climate since Polynesians discovered New Zealand. In kauri trees, El Nino periods are linked to wide tree rings, and […]

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