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Potential of the beneficial fungus Trichoderma to enhance ecosystem-service provision in the biofuel grass Miscanthus × giganteus in agriculture
(Nature Publishing Group, 2016-04-27)
The sterile hybrid grass Miscanthus x giganteus (Mxg) can produce more than 30 t dry matter/ha/year. This biomass has a range of uses, including animal bedding and a source of heating fuel. The grass provides a wide range ...
Enhancing nectar provision in vineyard habitats for the endemic New Zealand butterfly, Lycaena salustius
(New Zealand Ecological Society, 2013)
Nectar is an important factor influencing the level and persistence of butterfly populations, but particular sources of nectar may not be optimal for all species. In a farmland context, it is not always clear whether nectar ...
Food and nutritional security requires adequate protein as well as energy, delivered from whole-year crop production
© 2016 Coles et al.Human food security requires the production of sufficient quantities of both high-quality protein and dietary energy. In a series of case-studies from New Zealand, we show that while production of food ...
Potential ecosystem service delivery by endemic plants in New Zealand vineyards: successes and prospects
Vineyards worldwide occupy over 7 million hectares and are typically virtual monocultures, with high and costly inputs of water and agro-chemicals. Understanding and enhancing ecosystem services can reduce inputs and their ...
The economic impact of failures in plant protection to New Zealand
(PeerJ Preprints, 2013-12-04)
Plant weeds, pests and diseases comprise significant threats to pastoral agriculture in New Zealand. The extent of damage incurred by New Zealand’s agricultural industry from these weed and pest threats varies significantly ...
Monitoring and enhancing the lake’s ecosytem services
Key topics of this talk include what are ecosystem services, the current state of Lake Ellesmere and who is monitoring it. Work WET is undertaking is discussed along with which ecosystem services associated with riparian ...
The nature of wellbeing: How nature’s ecosystem services contribute to the wellbeing of New Zealand and New Zealanders
(Department of Conservation, 2015-03)
What do we need for a ‘good life’? At one level, the answer to this question will differ for each person. Yet at a deeper level, we all share a common set of fundamental needs that must be met for us to experience wellbeing. ...
Using next-generation sequencing to analyse the diet of a highly endangered land snail (Powelliphanta augusta) feeding on endemic earthworms
(Public Library of Science, 2013-09-27)
Predation is often difficult to observe or quantify for species that are rare, very small, aquatic or nocturnal. The assessment of such species’ diet can be conducted using molecular methods that target prey DNA remaining ...
Sliding window analyses for optimal selection of mini-barcodes, and application to 454-pyrosequencing for specimen identification from degraded DNA
(Public Library of Science, 2012)
DNA barcoding remains a challenge when applied to diet analyses, ancient DNA studies, environmental DNA samples and, more generally, in any cases where DNA samples have not been adequately preserved. Because the size of ...