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Sunday 27 January 2019

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Because of this being a long weekend with a trip for the fll weekend to Tuhua / Mayor Island we are not running a day tramp on this date.

However, Auckland Council has scheduled the first of a number of talks in its Kauri Science Series, and if you are not out of town, you will likely find this interesting.

This is a series of talks focussing on the science around kauri dieback, and some of the work going on around New Zealand to find out more about the disease, its impact and tools to fight it.

The location is the Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive. Talks begin at 10.30am, with morning tea offered from 10am. The event is free, and there is no need to book.

Today's talk is led by Professor Rosie Bradshaw & Dr Nari Williams and is entitled "The kauri dieback pathogen: weapons in plant-pathogen warfare"

Professor Rosie Bradshaw
Professor Rosie Bradshaw is a lecturer in genetics at Massey University, including cell biology,
genetics and molecular plant pathology. Rosie uses genomics to study how fungi interact with plants.
Her research group is interested in plant pathogens, endophytes, forest pathology, mycotoxins, fungal
gene clusters and biocontrol. This includes research into Phytophthora species such as the kauri
dieback pathogen where her lab is looking at how the pathogen causes disease and how it triggers
resistance responses in the plant.

Dr Nari Williams
Dr Nari Williams is a forest pathologist at Scion, in Rotorua. Nari specialises in pathology,
management and systems biology of Phytophthora diseases and her current research focusses
on Phytophthora pathogens of importance to New Zealand’s natural and production plant systems
including kauri dieback (Phytophthora agathidicida). Nari leads the Healthy trees, healthy future:
enabling technologies to combat Phytophthora diseases programme - a collaboration between Scion,
Plant and Food Research, Landcare Research, Massey University and the University of Auckland.

Find the full timetable on the Our Auckland events page here and more information on the speakers and topics on the Arataki Facebook events page here.