Scion’s pathology group specialises in diseases that affect New Zealand’s forests.
We offer capabilities to support the health of all forest types: planted, conservation and urban forests.
Our capabilities include:
- Biosecurity, surveillance and diagnostics
- Chemical control of forest pathogens
- Biological control with fungi and viruses
- Modified silvicultural regimes
- Inducing resistance in trees through micro-organisms or genetic selection
- Improving seedling growth using ectomychorrizae
Protecting New Zealand from new forest diseases
New Zealand’s production and natural forests are at risk from pathogens that can arrive through global trade and tourism.
We provide the science that supports government agencies to prevent harmful pathogens from entering the country.
Impacts can be greatly reduced by early diagnosis of diseases using molecular and traditional techniques.
Managing forest diseases in New Zealand
The main health issues affecting planted forests in New Zealand are needle, canker and root rot diseases.
Contact: Rebecca Ganley
Modified silvicultural regimes
We work closely with forest growers to devise ways of manipulating forest management operations and regimes to minimise the effects of diseases such as Dothistroma and Cyclaneusma.
We undertake research into induced resistance responses in forest trees to insect and fungal attack. Previous studies have found that fungal endophytes are present in all conifer forest systems examined and are believed to have a role in resistance-mediated responses.
Contact: Carol Rolando