The Bio-Protection Research Centre is a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE), that pursues multidisciplinary research to meet the biosecurity and pest management needs of New Zealand's plant-based primary industries and natural ecosystems.

It was formed by New Zealand's leading plant protection scientists.

Current research programmes span a range of applications including computational intelligence, molecular biology, biotechnology and agro-ecology.

Based at Lincoln, many of the Centre's staff and postgraduate students are situated within the greater Lincoln campus - including the University and surrounding Crown Research Institutes.

Bio-Protection's well resourced laboratories are complemented by excellent field facilities and the NZ Biotron, one of only three plant growth facilities of its kind in the world.

More information is available from the Bio-Protection Research Centre Web site.

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  • Continental-scale suppression of an invasive pest by a host-specific parasitoid underlines both environmental and economic benefits of arthropod biological control 

    Wyckhuys, K. A. G.; Wongtiem, P.; Rauf, A.; Thancharoen, A.; Heimpel, G. E.; Le, N. T. T.; Fanani, M. Z.; Gurr, G. M.; Lundgren, J. G.; Burra, D. D.; Palao, L. K.; Hyman, G.; Graziosi, I.; Le, V. X.; Cock, M. J. W.; Tscharntke, T.; Wratten, Stephen D.; Nguyen, L. V.; You, M.; Lu, Y.; Ketelaar, J. W.; Goergen, G.; Neuenschwander, P. (PeerJ, 2018-10-19)
    Biological control, a globally-important ecosystem service, can provide long-term and broad-scale suppression of invasive pests, weeds and pathogens in natural, urban and agricultural environments. Following (few) historic ...
  • Using classification assignment rules to assess land-use change impacts on forest biodiversity at local-to-national scales 

    Affeld, Kathrin; Wiser, S. K.; Payton, I. J.; DeCáceres, M. (Springer Open, 2018-01-22)
    Background: Ecosystem representation is one key component in assessing the biodiversity impacts of land-use changes that will irrevocably alter natural ecosystems. We show how detailed vegetation plot data can be used to ...
  • Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition 

    Karp, D. S.; Chaplin-Kramer, R.; Meehan, T. D.; Martin, E. A.; DeClerck, F.; Grab, H.; Gratton, C.; Hunt, L.; Larsen, A. E.; Martínez-Salinas, A.; O Rourke, M. E.; Rusch, A.; Poveda, K.; Jonsson, M.; Rosenheim, J. A.; Schellhorn, N. A.; Tscharntke, T.; Wratten, Stephen D.; Zhang, Wei; Iverson, A. L.; Adler, L. S.; Albrecht, M.; Alignier, A.; Angelella, G. M.; Anjum, M. Z.; Avelino, J.; Batáry, P.; Baveco, J. M.; Bianchi, F. J. J. A.; Birkhofer, K.; Bohnenblust, E. W.; Bommarco, R.; Brewer, M. J.; Caballero-López, B.; Carrière, Y.; Carvalheiro, L. G.; Cayuela, L.; Centrella, M.; Ćetković, A.; Henri, D. C.; Chabert, A.; Costamagna, A. C.; De la Mora, A.; de Kraker, J.; Desneux, N.; Diehl, E.; Diekötter, T.; Dormann, C. F.; Eckberg, J. O.; Entling, M. H.; Fiedler, D.; Franck, P.; van Veen, F. J. F.; Frank, T.; Gagic, V.; Garratt, M. P. D.; Getachew, A.; Gonthier, D. J.; Goodell, P. B.; Graziosi, I.; Groves, R. L.; Gurr, G. M.; Hajian-Forooshani, Z.; Heimpel, G. E.; Herrmann, J. D.; Huseth, A. S.; Inclán, D. J.; Ingrao, A. J.; Iv, P.; Jacot, K.; Johnson, G. A.; Jones, L.; Kaiser, M.; Kaser, J. M.; Keasar, T.; Kim, T. N.; Kishinevsky, M.; Landis, D. A.; Lavandero, B.; Lavigne, C.; Le Ralec, A.; Lemessa, D.; Letourneau, D. K.; Liere, H.; Lu, Yanhui; Lubin, Y.; Luttermoser, T.; Maas, B.; Mace, K.; Madeira, F.; Mader, V.; Cortesero, A. M.; Marini, L.; Martinez, E.; Martinson, H. M.; Menozzi, P.; Mitchell, M. G. E.; Miyashita, T.; Molina, G. A. R.; Molina-Montenegro, M. A.; O'Neal, M. E.; Opatovsky, I.; Ortiz-Martinez, S.; Nash, M.; Östman, Ö.; Ouin, A.; Pak, D.; Paredes, D.; Parsa, S.; Parry, H.; Perez-Alvarez, R.; Perović, D. J.; Peterson, J. A.; Petit, S.; Philpott, S. M.; Plantegenest, M.; Plećas, M.; Pluess, T.; Pons, X.; Potts, S. G.; Pywell, R. F.; Ragsdale, D. W.; Rand, T. A.; Raymond, L.; Ricci, B.; Sargent, C.; Sarthou, J.-P.; Saulais, J.; Schäckermann, J.; Schmitt, N. P.; Schneider, G.; Schüepp, C.; Sivakoff, F. S.; Smith, H. G.; Stack Whitney, K.; Stutz, S.; Szendrei, Z.; Takada, M. B.; Taki, H.; Tamburini, G.; Thomson, L. J.; Tricault, Y.; Tsafack, N.; Tschumi, M.; Valantin-Morison, M.; Van Trinh, M.; van der Werf, W.; Vierling, K. T.; Werling, B. P.; Wickens, J. B.; Wickens, V. J.; Woodcock, B. A.; Wyckhuys, K. A. G.; Xiao, Haijun; Yasuda, M.; Yoshioka, A.; Zou Yi (National Academy of Sciences, 2018-08-14)
    The idea that noncrop habitat enhances pest control and represents a win–win opportunity to conserve biodiversity and bolster yields has emerged as an agroecological paradigm. However, while noncrop habitat in landscapes ...
  • Impact of the biocontrol beetle, Cassida rubiginosa, on the secondary weed target, marsh thistle (Cirsium palustre) 

    Hettiarachchi, Dilani K.; Cripps, Michael; Jackman, S. D.; Van Koten, C.; Sullivan, Jon J.; Rostas, Michael (New Zealand Plant Protection Society, 2018-07-26)
    The folivorous beetle Cassida rubiginosa was introduced to New Zealand to control the weed, Californian thistle (Cirsium arvense). Although Californian thistle is the primary host, many other thistles are accepted hosts. ...
  • Pathogenicity of Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici increased by nitrogen applied to soil to enhance the decomposition rate of wheat residues 

    Van Toor, Ronald F.; Butler, R. C.; Braithwaite, Mark; Bienkowski, Damian; Qiu, W.; Chng, Soon F.; Cromey, M. G. (New Zealand Plant Protection Society, 2016)
    Soil cores removed after harvest of a wheat crop infected with the fungus, Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici (Ggt), were amended with nitrogen and fungal saprophytes to increase decay of crop residues and subsequently ...

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