In 2019 Auckland Council is running a series of talks called Kauri Science Series. These will focus 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.

Talks are being held approximately every six weeks, on a Sunday at 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.

The next talks is on Sunday 26 May, to be presented by Dr Bruce Burns. The topic of this talk will be 'The rise and descent of an extreme species."  His research seeks to understand determinants and mechanisms of plant community assembly - what determines which plants occur together in natural ecosystems, and how do these communities change over time. Bruce is particularly interested in what determines plant species coexistence in native forest ecosystems, particularly in the forests dominated by kauri in Auckland.

The first talk was on Sunday 27 January.  Two speakers explained their research work to learn about how the pathogen and kauri interact, and investigating natural resistance options. The presentation was video recorded in two parts - Part 1 and Part 2.

On Sunday 10 March, Dr Monica Gerth from Victoria University of Wellington discussed Microbiology and Mātauranga: collaborative approaches to kauri dieback diseaseVideo of the presentation here.

On Sunday April 14 the presentation was by Dr Amanda Black, entitled "Forest fragmentation and land use changes: how these affect the survival and virulence of kauri dieback". Video of the presentation here.

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.

 

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