Bioprotection is a movement focused on protecting the mauri (life force) of Papatūānuku and her whenua (land). When her well-being is compromised, we suffer socially, culturally, environmentally, and economically.
Bioprotection aims to understand the life forces and their relationships that exist within and among our natural and productive ecosystems. It weaves together a breadth of scientific disciplines with Māori and Pasifika indigenous knowledge to identify the mechanisms that enable ecosystems to survive and thrive against the threat of pathogens, pests, and weeds in a warming climate.
Bioprotection defines what a healthy and productive ecosystem should look like and provides a framework to assess the well-being of an ecosystem of any scale.
Within an ecosystem, bioprotection examines the interactions and relationships that form among organisms, identifying their collaboration network and partnerships to resist attack and defend themselves.
Using this fundamental knowledge, leaders in bioprotection can leverage these mechanisms to design innovative solutions and tools that improve the resilience and resistance of organisms and holistically restore the overall health of an ecosystem.
The impact of bioprotection secures the hauora (well-being) of Papatūānuku and her whenua to adapt and thrive for the benefit of future generations.
As a national Centre of Research Excellence, Bioprotection Aotearoa advances bioprotection knowledge and understanding while training the next generation of bioprotection leaders and practitioners.