Lindsay Bulman



Lindsay Bulman is a nationally renowned science leader who specialises in the effects of foliage diseases and techniques available to mitigate losses. He has carried out research for 35 years and has a long and broad track record of helping to manage diseases affecting radiata pine in New Zealand.  Lindsay’s current research encompasses disease and growth loss interactions and reducing impact of Phytophthora diseases.


  • Award in Management Science (Stage I and II), Central Institute of Technology, Trentham, New Zealand - 1989
  • NZCS (Biology) Central Institute of Technology, Trentham, New Zealand - 1982

Research capabilities

  • Epidemiology and control of Dothistroma
  • Surveys and silvicultural control of Nectria flute canker and needle-cast diseases
  • Forest health surveillance methods
  • Quarantine risk assessment
  • Disease eradication strategy
  • Biosecurity standard setting
  • Disease/growth loss interactions

Career highlights

  • Leader of the Forest Protection group of over 30 researchers.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing a science plan, and identifying priority areas for research focus
  • Developing a successful control method for Nectria flute canker by amending forest management practice
  • Conducting forest health surveillance research that now underpins the current plantation forest and high risk site surveillance systems
  • Over 200 contract and technical reports to the sector

Selected papers

Bain, J.; Sopow, S.L.; Bulman, L.S. 2012. The Sirex Woodwasp in New Zealand: History and Current Status. In Bernard Slippers, Peter De Groot And Michael John Wingfield (eds.) The Sirex Woodwasp and its Fungal Symbiont: Research And Management of a Worldwide Invasive Pest. 2012, Xii, 301 P. 71 Illus., 52 in color. Springer Science.

Rolando, C A; Gous, S F; Berndt, L A; Bulman, L S; Carlson, C; 2011. The use of stem injection to control a defoliating pest in an urban environment. Pest Management Science 67. 1062-1068.

Watt, M S; Palmer, D J; Bulman, L S; 2011. The economic cost of Dothistroma needle blight to the New Zealand forest industry. New Zealand Journal of Forestry 56 (1), 20-22.

Watt, M S; Palmer, D J; Bulman, L S; 2011. Predicting the severity of Dothistroma on Pinus radiata under current climate in New Zealand. Forest Ecology and Management 261, 1792-1798.

Crane, P E; Hopkins, A J M; Dick, M A; Bulman, L S; 2009. Behaviour of Neonectria fuckeliana (C. Booth) Castl. & Rossman causing a pine canker disease in New Zealand. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39:2119-2128

Bulman, L S; 2008. Pest detection surveys on high risk sites in New Zealand. Australian Forestry 71: 242-244.

Turner, J A; Buongiorno, J; Zhu, S; Prestemon, J P; Li, R H; Bulman, L S; 2007. Modelling the impact of the exotic forest pest Nectria on the New Zealand forest sector and its major trading partners. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 37(3): 383-411

Bulman, L S; 2006. Foliar diseases of pine – the New Zealand experience. In: Jackson, M. B. comp. 2007. Proceedings of the 54th Annual Western International Forest Disease Work Conference; 2-6 October 2006; Smithers, BC. Missoula, MT: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Protection. 57-60.

Dungey, H S; Low, C B; Bulman, L S. 2006: Needle cast in New Zealand – are there opportunities for improvement in plantation growth? In: 'Breeding for success: diversity in action', Proceedings of the 13th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Ed C. F. Mercer Christchurch,18-21 April 2006. pp. 497-504. CD-ROM

Dick, M A; Bulman, L S; Crane, P E. 2005: Nectria fuckeliana infection of Pinus radiata in New Zealand: research approach and interim results. Proceedings of 53rd Western International Forest Disease Work Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 23-30 September 2005.

Turner, J A; Bulman, L S; Richardson, B; Moore, J R; 2004. Cost-benefit analysis of biosecurity and forest health research. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 34(3): 324-343.

Bulman, L S; Gadgil, P D; Kershaw, D. J.; Ray, J. W. 2004: Assessment and control of Dothistroma needle-blight. Forest Research Bulletin No. 229, 48 p.