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Great Mercury Island. Image - James Russell
The battle for our islands

11 January 2017 - News items

Science reporter Jamie Morton talks to Auckland University conservation ecologist Dr James Russell about the ongoing battle to…

Kauri dieback desease. Image - NZ Herald
Why is killer disease drawn to our kauri?

10 January 2017 - News items

Scientists are seeking to solve one of the most intriguing mysteries of the disease that's killing our kauri…

Dr Mels Barton, left, and Dr Marie McEntee are conducting a public survey on kauri dieback disease as part of Kauri Recue. Image - Simon Smith, Fairfax NZ
New research to work out how to help kauri

10 January 2017 - News items

Simon Smith reports on two new studies, funded by the National Science Challenge for New Zealand's Biological Heritage,…

Radio-collared rat. Image - Andrea Byrom
Research funding announcement

20 December 2016 - News items

The National Science Challenge for NZ’s Biological Heritage has approved six new research projects from its latest contestable…

Paracrangonyx compactus
Crustaceans: guardians of the aquifer

14 December 2016 - News items

NIWA ecologist and crustacean expert Graham Fenwick talks to Kathryn Ryan about a new study on ancient groundwater…

Maggie Barry. Image - New Zealand Parliament
Predator Free 2050 Ltd board appointed

1 December 2016 - News items

Great to see Predator Free 2050 board announced! Looking forward to providing research strategy to make it happen.…

Learn more about gene-editing. Some of the resources available on the The Royal Society of NZ website..
The potential of gene-editing for conserving NZ’s biological heritage

17 November 2016 - News items

The Royal Society of NZ has issued an information paper on gene-editing techniques. The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National…

Wasp side view. Image - Victoria Universities
Wasps in the media

7 November 2016 - News items

Dr. Phil Lester, an eminent biologist at Victoria University, spoke to the Nelson Science Society about the research…

MSc/Hons research project in eDNA detection of freshwater fish

7 November 2016 - News items

A great student opportunity for the right candidate investigating novel methods to monitor the presence and distribution of…

Stoat with a dead kaka.
High-Tech Solutions to Invasive Mammal Pests

2 November 2016 - News items

A Challenge research grant will help rat eradication expert, James Russell (University of Auckland), and team attack the…

Cars. Image - Cissy Pan
Biosecurity Network Interventions

2 November 2016 - News items

The Challenge is funding Phil Hulme at Lincoln University to investigate biosecurity networks, especially the role of human…

Professor Stephen Goldson.
International Science Advisory Panel

1 October 2016 - News items

The Challenge welcomes and thanks members of the International Science Advisory Panel, chaired by Stephen Goldson. See you…


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