The Department of Pest Management and Conservation carries out research and teaching in the following specialist areas: Animal behavior; Conservation and biodiversity; Ecological restoration; Evolutionary biology; Fire ecology; Molecular ecology; Plant microbiology; Plant pathology; Remediation of degraded and contaminated land; Soil ecology; Sustainable agriculture and ecosystem services; Wildlife and pest management.

Recent Submissions

  • Rat-free New Zealand 2050 – fantasy or reality? 

    Ross, James G.; Murphy, E. C.; Pollard, O.; Bramley, A. (Julius Kühn-Institut - Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, 2018-09-03)
    Rats introduced into previously mammal-free New Zealand (NZ) seriously impact our vulnerable native flora and fauna. As a result, considerable research effort has focused on developing control techniques for reducing and/or ...
  • Novel edible coatings to improve longevity of rodent baits 

    Sam, Shona A.; Ross, James G.; Agnew, T.; Razzaq, H.; Woods, C.; Tucker, N.; Murphy, E. C. (Taylor & Francis on behalf of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 2018)
    Rats and mice cause severe biodiversity impacts worldwide, including in New Zealand, where poisoning campaigns are undertaken on the mainland and offshore islands using cereal-based baits. However, bait stations are often ...
  • Functional and community investigation of nodule endophytes for the selection of phosphate solubilizing rhizobial inoculants for clover 

    Seth, Kritarth (Lincoln University, 2017-11-24)
    Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) are limiting nutrients for plant growth and are the largest fertilizer inputs in agriculture. Phosphorus fertilizer has a low efficiency of use with only 5-30% utilized by the plant, the ...
  • Community-level flammability declines over 25 years of plant invasion in grasslands 

    Padullés Cubino, J.; Buckley, Hannah L.; Day, Nicola J.; Pieper, R.; Curran, Timothy J. (Wiley for British Ecological Society, 2018-02-20)
    1. Exotic plant invasions can alter fire regimes in plant communities. Invaders often possess traits that differ from native plants in the community, resulting in increases or declines in community-level flammability, ...
  • Endophytes of Pseudowintera colorata (horopito) 

    Purushotham Balraj, Neeraj (Lincoln University, 2017-08-31)
    Pseudowintera colorata (horopito) commonly known as New Zealand pepper tree is a native medicinal plant, known for its antimicrobial properties. International studies have demonstrated that endophytes of medicinal plants ...

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