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Kauri Science Series

Kauri Science Series

When:

  • Sun 27 Jan, 10:00am – 11:30am

Where:

Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

The kauri dieback pathogen: weapons in plant-pathogen warfare.

Presenters: Professor Rosie Bradshaw & Dr Nari Williams:

Auckland Council invites you to the Kauri Science Series, a series of one hour talks focussing on the science around kauri dieback, and some of the work going on around New Zealand to find out more about the disease, its impact and tools to fight it.

Each talk will be on a Sunday at Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive. Talks begin at 10.30am, with morning tea offered from 10am. The event is free, and there is no need to book.

Any questions, please email - kauri@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Professor Rosie Bradshaw
Professor Rosie Bradshaw is a lecturer in genetics at Massey University, including cell biology, genetics and molecular plant pathology. Rosie uses genomics to study how fungi interact with plants.

Her research group is interested in plant pathogens, endophytes, forest pathology, mycotoxins, fungal gene clusters and biocontrol. This includes research into Phytophthora species such as the kauri dieback pathogen (Phytophthora agathidicida) where her lab is looking at how the pathogen causes disease and how it triggers resistance responses in the plant.

Dr Nari Williams
Dr Nari Williams is a forest pathologist at Scion, in Rotorua. Nari specialises in pathology, management and systems biology of Phytophthora diseases and her current research focusses on Phytophthora pathogens of importance to New Zealand’s natural and production plant systems including kauri dieback (Phytophthroa agathadicida).

Nari leads the Healthy trees, healthy future: enabling technologies to combat Phytophthora diseases programme - a collaboration between Scion, Plant and Food Research, Landcare Research, Massey University and the University of Auckland.

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