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Inaugural CRI science awards

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 10th, 2017.

Science New Zealand, the body that represents the country’s seven Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), hosted its inaugural national awards at Parliament last night. It’s been a week of celebration for the research institutes, which have been celebrating 25 years since the inception of the CRIs. Its conference on Thursday included addresses by new Minister for […]

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Port Hills fires: Lessons for the entire country – Fiona Carswell

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 13th, 2017.

Following the Port Hills fire, re-planting quickly and correctly is crucial, writes Landcare Research chief scientist Fiona Carswell. An excerpt (read in full): The Christchurch Port Hills fires, unlike floods and earthquakes, were essentially a human-created disaster and they will happen again. However, their scale and the risk to life and property can be mitigated. […]

Kiwis help tackle Aussie pests

Laura Goodall posted in on August 20th, 2014.

New Zealand-designed software created to predict and tackle mouse outbreaks is being trialled in Australia. is a new, interactive website based on Google-type mapping technology that lets crop farmers record and view mouse activity in their area in real time. It helps inform the community about changes in mouse numbers or damage to crops and when to implement control […]

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Royal wedding leaves sizable carbon footprint

John Kerr posted in on April 29th, 2011.

Kate & Wills – April 29, 2011. Everyone who is anyone will be there, but what is the environmental impact of so many international guests descending on Westminster Abbey for the royal wedding? The scientists in Landcare Research’s CarboNZero program have run the numbers using their internationally recognised method of counting carbon emissions. Undertaken at […]

NZ Herald: Anthony Doesburg – Eyes in the skies keeping track of events below

Peter Griffin posted in on February 28th, 2011.

Anthony Doesburg writes in the New Zealand Herald about how New Zealand could make far greater use of satellite images, for everything from aiding emergency response and maritime patrol, to monitoring pasture. There are almost 1,000 satellites in orbit around the Earth, and there are plans afoot to get NZ more involved in space by […]

The Press: New farms destroying native NZ

Peter Griffin posted in on May 5th, 2010.

David Williams writes in The Press about research by Landcare suggesting that intensive farming is having an extremely negative effect on New Zealand’s native plants. Their 2009 annual report said that rates of biodiversity loss in New Zealand  had led to the highest rate of native plant life loss since European colonisation, with Canterbury’s plant […]

Malborough Express: Spiky find may be new species

Peter Griffin posted in on April 30th, 2010.

A New Zealand slug has been found which could, an expert says, be a new species. The slug, which features retractable, spiky protrusions was found on Mt Stokes in the Malborough Sounds. An excerpt: (read in full here) “DOC sent the photo to Hamilton-based Landcare Research officer Gary Barker, who has a specialist interest in […]

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