Assessing our biological heritage

  • Allan Herbarium. Image - Cissy Pan

    Allan Herbarium. Image - Cissy Pan

  • New Zealand Arthropod Collection. Image - Birgit Rhode

    New Zealand Arthropod Collection. Image - Birgit Rhode

Co-Leaders: Associate Professor Thomas Buckley, Manaaki Whenua and the University of Auckland, and Dr Kathryn McRae, AgResearch

It is essential that New Zealand’s native and introduced flora, fauna and fungi are sufficiently understood to inform the design of a world-leading system for biodiversity management. The goal is that biodiversity and biosecurity decision makers can have accurate, comprehensive information at their fingertips.

Prediction and early detection of invasions and improved methods of control of our widespread, multiple pests, weeds and diseases is urgently needed. Our complex and diverse landscapes and land-use regimes are currently hampering the development of cost-effective solutions.

By combining exciting new advances in genomic techniques with ‘big data’ approaches, we can overcome the currently fragmented understanding of the identity and location of priority native and introduced species.

Characterising adaptive variation in Aotearoa New Zealand’s terrestrial and freshwater biota

We aim to characterise adaptive variation in a broad range of freshwater and terrestrial Aotearoa New Zealand biota…

Mātauranga Māori characterisation of NZ’s biodiversity

We aim to connect with Māori communities and their environmental knowledge holders to help strengthen and sustain these…

A national framework for biological heritage assessment across natural and production landscapes

To reverse the decline in New Zealand’s biological heritage we require tools to detect incursions, and changes in…

Application of genomics and metagenomics to fast-track risk-based analysis of novel pathogens

The direct detection of genetic elements that play a potential role in pathogenicity provides an opportunity to screen…

What’s in our groundwater?

This project aims to identify the different populations of small invertebrates and microbial slime layers which between them…