1 April 2022

This summer studentship research outlines a method for the identification of sentinel plants for
Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique virus ecosystems. Eighteen species of candidate sentinel plants were
identified through searching published literature and online databases. This is the first time sentinel
plants have been selected for an Aotearoa New Zealand indigenous plant context and provides a step
towards a more user-friendly approach to virus ecology for Aotearoa New Zealand. The concept and
actual identification of sentinel plants selected for use in Aotearoa New Zealand will facilitate further
research studying the distribution of viruses in agricultural and ecological contexts in Aotearoa New
Zealand and internationally. Such virus ecological research is extremely important in a future
dominated by a warming planet.


Featured Authors

Cole McArthur

Cole McArthur


Master's Student


Plant & Food Research

Project 1.1
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