A research project from Genevieve Early, a student from UC’s School of Biology and the Bio-Protection Research Centre, shows how an indigenous NZ fungus may help control wildling pines – one of the country’s most ecologically damaging weed species.
Harore, also known as Armillaria novae-zealandiae, is a fungus that feeds on decaying wood. It’s common in native forests, where it’s a natural part of the ecosystem, helping to decay fallen trees. But if it gets into pine plantations it is seriously destructive, killing seedlings and reducing growth.
“The research aimed to address knowledge gaps in our understanding of Amillaria, and eventually investigate whether we could use it as a biological control of invasive pines.”
You can also watch Genevieve’s presentation at the Bio-Protection Research Centre below: