Check out the amazing entries to the UC Library’s ‘Visualise Your Thesis ‘competition!
UC thesis students have created one minute presentations that explains their research project. There are generous cash prizes on offer and the 1st prize winner’s entry will also go into the international Visualise Your Thesis competition (run by University of Melbourne).
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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.”
Read more about Genevieve’s awesome mahi here and watch her interview on Te Ao Tapatahi Māori Television here (start watching from 39 minutes).
You can also watch Genevieve’s presentation at the Bio-Protection Research Centre below: