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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  • Characterising plant pathogen communities and their environmental drivers at a national scale 

    Makiola, Andreas (Lincoln University, 2018)
    Plant pathogens play a critical role for global food security, conservation of natural ecosystems and future resilience and sustainability of ecosystem services in general. Thus, it is crucial to understand the large-scale ...
  • Sowing date effects on timing of growth stages, yield and oil content of potential biodiesel crops 

    Fasi, V. T.; Martin, R. J.; Smallfield, B. M.; McKenzie, Bruce A. (Agronomy Society of New Zealand, 2012)
    Oilseed rape (Brassica napus) is the major temperate crop producing biodiesel. Management of nitrogen applications and monitoring of pests and diseases in oilseed crops overseas relies heavily on correct identification of ...
  • Effect of sowing date on forage rape seed quality 

    Rashid, Muhammad; Hampton, John G.; Trethewey, Jason A. K.; Rolston, M. P. (Agronomy Society of New Zealand, 2017)
    New Zealand produced forage rape (Brassica napus L.) seed lots usually have a germination of ≥ 90% but can differ markedly in seed vigour. Abiotic stress during seed development can reduce seed vigour, and changing sowing ...
  • Tackling invasive alien species in Europe: The top 20 issues 

    Caffrey, J. M.; Baars, J. R.; Barbour, J. H.; Boets, P.; Boon, P.; Davenport, K.; Dick, J. T. A.; Early, J.; Edsman, L.; Gallagher, C.; Gross, J.; Heinimaa, P.; Horrill, C.; Hudin, S.; Hulme, Philip E.; Hynes, S.; MacIsaac, H. J.; McLoone, P.; Millane, M.; Moen, T. L.; Moore, N.; Newman, J.; O Conchuir, R.; O Farrell, M.; O Flynn, C.; Oidtmann, B.; Renals, T.; Ricciardi, A.; Roy, H.; Shaw, R.; Van Valkenburg, J. L. C. H.; Weyl, O.; Williams, F.; Lucy, F. E. (The Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre (REABIC), 2014-03)
    Globally, Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are considered to be one of the major threats to native biodiversity, with the World Conservation Union (IUCN) citing their impacts as ‘immense, insidious, and usually irreversible’. ...
  • Agronomic factors affect powdery scab of potato and amounts of Spongospora subterranea DNA in soil 

    Shah, F. A.; Falloon, Richard E.; Butler, R. C.; Lister, R. A.; Thomas, S. M.; Curtin, D. (Springer on behalf of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society, 2014-11)
    Severe powdery scab (caused by Spongospora subterranea) occurred in potato tubers harvested from a field trial, which measured effects of agronomic treatments (nitrogen fertiliser rates, irrigation intensities, previous ...

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