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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  • Scientists' warning on invasive alien species 

    Pyšek, P.; Hulme, Philip E.; Simberloff, D.; Bacher, S.; Blackburn, T. M.; Carlton, J. T.; Dawson, W.; Essl, F.; Foxcroft, L. C.; Genovesi, P.; Jeschke, J. M.; Kühn, I.; Liebhold, A. M.; Mandrak, N. E.; Meyerson, L. A.; Pauchard, A.; Pergl, J.; Roy, H. E.; Seebens, H.; van Kleunen, M.; Vilà, M.; Wingfield, M. J.; Richardson, D. M. (Wiley on behalf of Cambridge Philosophical Society, 2020-12)
    Biological invasions are a global consequence of an increasingly connected world and the rise in human population size. The numbers of invasive alien species – the subset of alien species that spread widely in areas where ...
  • MAcroecological Framework for Invasive Aliens (MAFIA): Disentangling large-scale context dependence in biological invasions 

    Pyšek, P.; Bacher, S.; Kühn, I.; Novoa, A.; Catford, J. A.; Hulme, Philip E.; Pergl, J.; Richardson, D. M.; Wilson, J. R. U.; Blackburn, T. M. (Pensoft Publishers, 2020)
    Macroecology is the study of patterns, and the processes that determine those patterns, in the distribution and abundance of organisms at large scales, whether they be spatial (from hundreds of kilometres to global), ...
  • Classifying the introduction pathways of alien species: Are we moving in the right direction? 

    Faulkner, K. T.; Hulme, Philip E.; Pagad, S.; Wilson, J. R. U.; Robertson, M. P. (Pensoft Publishers, 2020)
    Alien species are introduced to new regions in many different ways and for different purposes. A number of frameworks have been developed to group such pathways of introduction into discrete categories in order to improve ...
  • One Biosecurity: A unified concept to integrate human, animal, plant, and environmental health 

    Hulme, Philip E. (Portland Press Ltd on behalf of the Biochemical Society and the Royal Society of Biology, 2020-12)
    In the wake of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the world has woken up to the importance of biosecurity and the need to manage international borders. Yet strong sectorial identities exist within biosecurity that are associated ...
  • Virulence of the plant-associated endophytic fungus Lecanicillium muscarium to diamondback moth larvae 

    Kuchár, M.; Glare, Travis; Hampton, John G.; Dickie, Ian; Christey, M. C. (New Zealand Plant Protection Society, 2019-07-28)
    Plutella xylostella (diamondback moth) is a prominent pest of brassicas which is now resistant to most insecticides. Despite years of research, the range of available products used in biological control of diamondback moth ...

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