Why is killer disease drawn to our kauri?

Jamie Morton, NZ Herald, Jan 2, 2017

Scientists are seeking to solve one of the most intriguing mysteries of the disease that's killing our kauri - why it's attracted to the native tree's scent like we're drawn to coffee.

In one of two newly-funded studies targeted at the still-Incurable kauri dieback disease, Otago University biochemist Dr Monica Gerth will investigate what makes kauri so alluring, when other tree species in the forest are left untouched.

Answering this question could lead to ways to repel the fungus-like disease or effectively mask kauri from it.

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