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The Bio-Protection Research Centre is finding innovative, natural and sustainable solutions
to protect New Zealand's plant-based, productive ecosystems from pests, diseases and weeds.

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Annual workshop attracts industry support

​The fourth annual Next-Generation Biopesticides (NGB) programme workshop was held at Lincoln at the end of May.


OCallaghan Maureen

Arable and vegetable bioprotection

​ We are developing new knowledge on several soilborne plant pathogens that cause intractable, economically important diseases of vegetable and cereal crops.

Falloon Richard Pitman Andrew

Beetle pest deterred by mussel shell mulch

​Research to find natural ways of reducing insect pest damage in vineyards was highlighted at the 2016 Romeo Bragato Conference – the largest conference for wine growers and makers in New Zealand ...

Biocontrol, biodiversity, vineyards, wine

Wratten Steve Mauricio Gonzalez-Chang

Belowground drivers in plant invasions

​We focus on the unseen, yet critical, belowground aspects of plant invasions, including the role of symbiotic fungi in controling plant invasion and effects of invasive plants on soil ecosystems ...

Dickie Ian Hulme Philip

Biopesticide gains support from kiwifruit industry

​A biopesticide that helps combat kiwifruit vine disease is gaining traction amongst the kiwifruit industry in their ongoing fight against disease caused by Pseudomonas syringae p.v. actinidiae ( ...

Kiwifruit, biocontrol, trichoderma

Hill Robert Stark Christine

Bioprotection for forestry

​ We are developing the beneficial fungus Trichoderma as a bioprotection agent for the forestry industry in New Zealand and overseas.

Fungal genetics and plant pathology,

Hill Robert

Bio-Protection Research Centre Conference 2017

The Bio-Protection Research Centre’s biennial conference will explore the role of fundamental research in the development of innovative solutions for pests, weeds and diseases that affect New Zealand ...

Wilson Sandy

Biosecurity Award for innovative Māori network

​A national Māori Biosecurity Network led by researchers at Lincoln University has been recognised in the inaugural New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

Māori, biosecurity

Mark-Shadbolt Melanie

Biosecurity network interventions

​We are modelling pest, pathogen, and weed spread across multiple sectors in order to identify opportunities for interventions to either contain or slow the rate of spread.

Ecosystem networks

Hulme Philip

Bold experiment explores complex networks in grasslands

​An ambitious research project run by a team of Bio-Protection Research Centre scientists could help to answer questions about the interaction networks that exist between plants, insects and soil o ...

Allen Warwick Waller Lauren Dickie Ian

Brown marmorated stink bug surveillance: An international collaboration

​Lincoln University student Laura Nixon is collaborating with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help enhance surveillance of the brown marmorated stink bug in New Zealand and at t ...

Rostas Michael Goldson Stephen Brockerhoff Eckehard

Bruce Campbell honoured by Royal Society of New Zealand

​The Thomson Medal for science leadership has been awarded to Dr Bruce Campbell of Plant & Food Research by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Campbell Bruce

Call to arms to avert climate change species losses

​A group of international scientists is calling for a coordinated global effort to help predict how climate change will affect species and to protect future biodiversity.

Cimate change, biodiversity

Godsoe William

Centre aligns with Biological Heritage Challenge

​ The Biological Heritage National Science Challenge is a cross-disciplinary, mission-led research initiative designed to tackle one of the biggest science-based challenges in New Zealand: how to pr ...

Bioprotection, biosecurity, bioheritage

Mark-Shadbolt Melanie Hulme Philip OCallaghan Maureen Waipara Nick Black Amanda Dickie Ian

Communications Officer

​Lincoln University invites applications for the position of Communications Officer within the Bio-Protection Research Centre.

Controlling Psa in kiwifruit

​ We are developing a novel treatment that uses a combination of natural products to limit or suppress Psa infection of kiwifruit vines.

Enhancing biological control,

Hill Robert Stark Christine Li Jin-hua

DSc recognises contribution to soil-plant systems research

​Prof Leo Condron has been awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) from the University of Canterbury. The award recognises his extensive contribution to research on the biogeochemistry of phosphorus in ...

Soil science

Condron Leo

Ecosystem services

​Our research aims to measure, restore and enhance ecosystem services (ES) or nature’s services in agriculture.

Wratten Steve

Emerging forensic technologies

​We are developing state-of-the-art molecular and chemical analytical techniques for species identification, genetic population assignment and geographic origins to enable more robust biosecurity dia ...

Armstrong Karen Holder Peter

Enhancing biocontrol to improve management of Psa

​Recent research funded by the Next-Generation Biopesticides programme has generated enhanced strains of a successful biocontrol agent.

Yardley Jessica

Environment award for vineyard research

​Research into organic control of grass grubs in vineyards was named the winner in the Wine Industry Innovation category at the 2017 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards.

Wratten Steve

Forest pathogen genetics

​ We are investigating the genetics and molecular mechanisms involved in pathogenicity of a fungal pine needle pathogen.

Enhancing biological control,

Bradshaw Rosie

Fungal bioinformatics

We are identifying lateral gene transfer events in fungi by developing evolutionary algorithms and computational tools.

Enhancing biological control,

Cox Murray Dupont Pierre-Yves

Fungal biopesticides

​ We are exploring the use of natural insect-killing as new biological controls for insect pests or biopesticides.

Enhancing biological control,

Glare Travis Rivas Franco Federico Aimee McKinnon

Fungal genetics and plant pathology

​ Our fundamental research is characterising the beneficial soil fungus  Trichoderma , which can be used as a biological control agent to protect plants from disease.

Bioprotection for forestry,Enhancing biological control,

Mendoza-Mendoza Artemio

Fungal-plant interactions

​ Our research focuses on deciphering the molecular and cellular signalling that underlies mutualistic interactions between fungi and plants and how these processes change in a pathogen-plant interac ...

Enhancing biological control,

Scott Barry

Fungi workshop first of its kind

​Some of the world’s leading experts in fungal biology and the study of pest and weed invasions met recently at a workshop organised by researchers from the Bio-Protection Research Centre.

Fungi, invasive species,

Dickie Ian

Global influence hat trick for Lincoln professor

Lincoln University Professor of Plant Biosecurity Philip Hulme has been named on the annual list of Highly Cited Researchers for the third year running. Every year, over 1000 scientific publications ...

Hulme Philip

Greening Waipara

​We are using the latest ecosystem services research to enhance the contribution of nature’s services to vineyards.

Wratten Steve

Improving biofuel sustainability

​We are investigating ways to improve the sustainability of growing biofuels, through crop rotations, enhanced productivity and improved ecosystem or nature’s services.

Wratten Steve

Innovation Award for Māori Biosecurity Network Team

​A national network to strengthen connections between Māori communities and biosecurity researchers has been awarded the inaugural Dave Galloway Innovation Award by the New Zealand Biosecurity In ...

Maori, biosecurity

Black Amanda Mark-Shadbolt Melanie Waipara Nick

Kauri dieback disease research

​We are investigating the pathogencity of Phytophtora taxon Agathis (PTA) the soilborne pathogen that is responsible for kauri dieback disease.

Bradshaw Rosie Scott Peter

Māori bioprotection

​We are building a bicultural approach to bioprotection that values and incorporates a Māori worldview.

Māori bioprotection,Māori,bioprotection

Mark-Shadbolt Melanie

Māori scientists lead effort to combat plant pathogen

​The recent finding of myrtle rust on Raoul Island pōhutukawa trees marks a significant and very sad milestone in a long history of impacts of invasive pathogens, pests and weeds on New Zealand's uni ...

Myrtle rust, Maori, biosecurity

Waipara Nick

Marsden fund success for Lincoln researcher

​Lincoln University lecturer Dr Amanda Black has been awarded a three-year grant from the Marsden Fund to explore how Māori knowledge can improve New Zealand biosecurity.

Black Amanda

Massey professor receives plant pathology honour

​ Professor Rosie Bradshaw  has joined an elite group of plant pathologists, having been made a fellow of the  Australasian Plant Pathology Society .

Bradshaw Rosie

Master’s student wins Lincoln Thr3sis competition

​Master’s student Howard London has won Lincoln University’s Three-Minute Thesis (Thr3sis) competition, and will be representing Lincoln at the national finals in August at Victoria University, W ...

Thr3sis, psyllid, biocontrol

Modelling species invasions

Research using advanced computer-based analysis including computational intelligence and modelling to assess which invasive species will establish in a target area, where they might establish and whe ...

Evolutionary biosecurity,

Worner Sue Torres Mankiewicz Ursula Alicja Roige Mariona

Modelling the dispersal and establishment risk of alien conifers in New Zealand

​A major new five-year research programme aims to resolve where and when management can minimise the spread and negative impacts of wilding conifers, while minimising costs.

Hulme Philip

Nematode biocontrol

​We are developing a biological control agent that can protect wheat from attack by root lesion nematodes.

Network established to fight Phytophthora-related diseases

​Bio-Protection Research Centre partner institute Scion has established a new network to pool capability and expertise in the fight against Phytophthora -related plant diseases in New Zealand.

Phytophthora, disease

Ganley Rebecca

New collaboration with world’s best agriculture university

​ The Bio-Protection Research Centre has signed a collaboration agreement with Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands.

Rostas Michael Glare Travis

New pastures may be future weed threat

Breeding new fast-growing grass varieties that produce more seeds and are resistant to drought, pests, grazing and disease may inadvertently be creating the next generation of invasive weeds, warns a ...


New Zealand needs to be alert as pest threat growing worldwide

​A biosecurity expert is sounding a warning for New Zealand to continue to be vigilant about guarding its borders, with new research showing pests are continuing to spread around the world.

Biosecurity, invasive pests

Hulme Philip

Next-generation biopesticides

​The Next-Generation Biopesticides programme aims to find new, safe and sustainable solutions to New Zealand’s key insect pest and disease problems.

OCallaghan Maureen

NZ biopesticide research reaches global audience

​The latest New Zealand biopesticide research and development was showcased at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016) in Orlando, Florida at the end of September.


Glare Travis

Pathogen spread in fragmented kauri ecosystems

​We are integrating contemporary science and Māori values to investigate factors that influence the spread of kauri dieback in New Zealand.

Black Amanda

PhD studentship: Biotic and abiotic filters on alien conifer invasions in New Zealand

We are offering a fully funded three-year PhD fellowship addressing the biotic and abiotic filters on the establishment of alien conifers in New Zealand.

Hulme Philip

PhD studentship: Developing bioinformatic methods for probing bacterial CRISPR-Cas regulation

​We are inviting applications for a PhD studentship using computational and genomics approaches to identify targets of RNA binding proteins and predict their impact on CRISPR-Cas regulation.

Gardner Paul

PhD studentship: Do genetic shifts explain the success of invasive plants species?

​ The Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University, New Zealand is offering a fully funded PhD fellowship addressing the contemporary evolution of invasive weeds.

Hulme Philip

PhD studentship: Host-parasitoid coevolution in New Zealand

We have a three-year funded PhD studentship in our research group to work within a larger project on co-evolution in host-parasitoid networks.

Tylianakis Jason Goldson Stephen

PhD studentship: Mitigating pest invasion risks through horticultural trade networks

We are offering a fully funded PhD studentship through the New Zealand Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

Hulme Philip


​Studying pollinators and enhancing pollination by planting flower-rich habitats around farmland.

Wratten Steve

Post-Doctoral Fellow – Rhizosphere Ecology - Scion

Full- time, two- year, fixed- t erm position.  Investigate mechanisms by which plants shape the rhizosphere microbiome. Based in Scion's Christchurch office.

Wakelin Steve Condron Leo OCallaghan Maureen

Postdoctoral fellowship: Developing bioinformatic methods for genomic identification of bacterial virulence

​We are inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship to develop bioinformatic methods for genomic identification of bacterial virulence.

Gardner Paul

Potato disease genetics

​ We are identifying and characterising bacteria that cause diseases of potato using comparative genomics and functional genetics.

Pathogen specificity,

Pitman Andrew Durrant Abigail

Prof Philip Hulme: Primary Industry Champion

Centre Theme Leader Prof Philip Hulme of Lincoln University discusses the importance of finding solutions to protect New Zealand's biodiversity and our primary industries from invasive pests.

Hulme Philip

Project 1. Contemporary evolution in weed invasions

Our research will provide the first comparative assessment of multiple evolutionary mechanisms underpinning weed invasions.

Hulme Philip Godsoe William Worner Sue

Project 2. Argentine stem weevil biocontrol

​ Our research aims to understand the mechanisms behind the apparent decline in effective biological control of the Argentine stem weevil.

Evolutionary biosecurity

Goldson Stephen

Project 3. Pathogen specificity

​We are exploring epidemics of plant diseases and researching how plant defences can be manipulated to protect against such outbreaks.

Templeton Matt

Project 4. Enhancing beneficial endophytes

​Our research is deciphering the molecular and cellular signalling that underlies mutualistic interactions between fungi and plants and how these processes change in a pathogen-plant interaction.

Scott Barry

Project 5. Enhancing microbial-based biological control

​We are characterising endophytes and novel toxins produced by fungal and bacterial pathogens.

Glare Travis

Project 6. Achieving bioprotection in New Zealand ecosystems

​We will investigate the complex interactions between plants, insects and microbes, and how they can affect the success of invasive species

Dickie Ian

Project 7. Do fragmented kauri ecosystems facilitate pathogen spread?

​We are integrating contemporary science and Māori values to investigate factors that influence the spread of kauri dieback in New Zealand.

Black Amanda

Rapid genetic testing to identify pests and diseases

​What if, with a field test, we could not only confidently determine whether a damaging pest or pathogen is present but also estimate how much of it was there? A team of researchers from Massey U ...

Diagnostics, genetics, disease

Winkworth Richard

Research entrepreneurship recognised at KiwiNet Awards

​Centre scientist Dr Robert Hill was a finalist in the recent 2016 KiwiNet Commercialisation Awards in recognition of his work with the forestry industry to improve plant growth and prevent disea ...

Forestry, KiwiNet, bioprotection

Hill Robert

Research vital to understand kauri killer

​Fundamental research by scien tists in the Bio-Protection Research Centre is uncovering how the fungus-like organism that causes kauri die back (Phytophthora agathidicida) is such an effective kille ...

Bradshaw Rosie Guo Melissa

Researcher honoured for revolutionary work

​A Bio-Protection Research Centre senior scientist is honoured to have won an award that recognises his important work for the forestry industry.

Forestry, biocontrol, trichoderma

Hill Robert

Scientists identify global ‘game-changers’ for biosecurity

​We need to prepare for more incursions of pests, diseases and weeds that are being driven by our rapidly transforming world, scientists have cautioned in a recent study.

Hulme Philip

Seed funding for Māori biosecurity research

​Lincoln University lecturer Dr Amanda Black has been awarded seed funding for Te Turi Whakamātaki – the Māori Biosecurity Network – from Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM), a Centre of Research Exce ...

Black Amanda

Seed technology

​We are developing microbial products that can help protect seeds from pest and diseases.

Hampton John

Smart idea to reduce environmental damage from fertilisers

​Centre researchers Prof John Hampton and Dr Hossein Alizadeh have been successful in the highly competitive 2016 Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment Smart Ideas bidding round.

Alizadeh Hossein Hampton John

Soil health and ecology

​Researchers in the Centre are studying the rhizosphere, the interface between plants and soil, and its influence on disease susceptibility and soil health.

Condron Leo

Successful biopesticide workshop

​A large turnout and stimulating speakers ensured a successful Next-Generation Biopesticide (NGB) research programme workshop in early May.


OCallaghan Maureen

Sustainability prize recognises efforts of Portuguese wine companies

​A consortium of 175 Portuguese wine companies has won the Gulbenkian Prize for Sustainability for their efforts to reduce their ecological footprint with assistance from Bio-Protection Research Ce ...

Wratten Steve

Symposium explores the future of plant protection and biosecurity

Leading New Zealand scientists met at Lincoln University last week to discuss research that will strengthen New Zealand’s agriculture sector and help protect the environment.

Pathogen specificity,

Tackling disease to improve carrot seed production

​ In early 2017, Bio-Protection Research Centre scientists showcased their research on natural, pesticide-free methods for controlling carrot black rot to seed producers from around the world.

Kandula Wadia Hampton John

Talented young researchers aim to protect pastures

​The Next-Generation Biopesticides (NGB) research programme has been strengthened by the recent addition of four postgraduate students to the AgResearch team at Lincoln.


OCallaghan Maureen

The Change Makers - Dangerous partnerships our ecosystems in flux

​Listen to Professor Ian Dickie as he takes an in-depth look at how invasive fungi, plants and animals are transforming New Zealand.

ChangeMakers, invasive species

Dickie Ian

The Change Makers - Keeping pests on a short leash

​Watch Professor Stephen Goldson as he describes the changing nature of biological control in New Zealand's unique grassland ecosystems.

Goldson Stephen

The Change Makers - What's eating all our potatoes

​Listen to Prof Richard Falloon as he takes an in-depth look at soil-borne diseases cause severe yield reductions in one of the world's major food crops.

Change Makers, potato, disease

Falloon Richard

Theme 1. Evolutionary biosecurity

​We are researching the role that contemporary evolution has in biosecurity threats and classical biocontrol systems.

Hulme Philip

Theme 2. Pathogen specificity

​We are exploring epidemics of plant diseases and researching how plant defences can be manipulated to protect against such outbreaks.

Templeton Matt

Theme 3. Enhancing biological control

​We are characterising endophytes and novel toxins produced by fungal and bacterial pathogens.

Scott Barry

Theme 4. Ecosystem networks

​We are investigating the complex interactions between plants, insects and microbes, and how they can affect the success of invasive species.

Dickie Ian

Time to stop pest plants jumping the garden fence

​Many of our most noxious weeds including old man’s beard, Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, wild ginger, and buddleia have jumped the garden fence to now threaten our native biodiversity.

Weeds, biodiversity

Hulme Philip

UNESCO partnership to develop diagnostic tools in the Pacific

​ After a three-year effort, Professor Peter Lockhart has brokered a partnership between Massey University and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to help ...

Lockhart Peter Winkworth Richard

Unique insect pathogens sourced from the New Zealand grass grub Costelytra giveni

​In this seminar, Dr Mark Hurst will explain how a range of unique NZ bacterial pathogens are showing activity against a range of insect pests.

Hurst Mark

University of Canterbury joins the Centre

​The University of Canterbury has joined the Bio-Protection Research Centre as a key partner.

Weeds head for the hills as climate warms

​Scientists are warning that alpine plants are at risk of extinction as climate change, skiing and mountain tourism spread weeds to higher altitudes.

Weeds, invasive pests, climate change

Hulme Philip

Which mechanisms must we understand to predict the success of alien species?

​In this seminar, Dr Will Godsoe will explain his research to determine how we can better predict the success of alien species.

Godsoe William

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