Transforming tree phenotyping

Start Date
7 Dec 2021 10:30 am
End Date
7 Dec 2021 11:30 am
1 hour

Kia ora koutou katoa,

You are invited to an overview of the new Scion-led MBIE Endeavour programme:

“Seeing the forest for the trees: transforming tree phenotyping for future forests”

“Mā te rongo, ka mohio, mā te mohio, ka mārama,
mā te mārama, ka mātau, mā te mātau, ka ora.”

Please join us online on Tuesday, 7 December 2021 from 10:30 - 11:30 am

RSVP for calendar invite and Zoom link

The five year MBIE programme aims to secure the future of our planted forests through a world-first approach that will turn entire landscapes into a laboratory, using our existing forests to perform phenotyping at unprecedented scales. This meeting is a chance to meet the team and hear about the project, its purpose, the science and the impact.

The Team, the Science and Impact

Taking a world-first approach this project will turn entire landscapes into a laboratory, using our existing forests to perform phenotyping at unprecedented scales. The development of this method will allow optimal placement of different genotypes throughout the New Zealand landscape. It will slash research timelines from decades to years and transform phenotyping methods to keep forestry thriving even as the climate shifts. Importantly, it will also allow for phenotyping of culturally important traits characterised by Māori values.

This new project provides the transformational science needed to substitute scale for time by linking the fields of genetics, remote sensing, data science and Mātauranga Māori. You will meet Project Leader, Michael Watt and the team of Research Area Leaders who will each introduce their areas of focus and tell you more about the outcomes of the MBIE programme.

The MBIE programme sits in Scion’s Impact Area 2: Forests to Timber Products under the New Value from Digital Forest and Wood Sector.

Portfolio Leader, Claire Stewart will present how it aligns with Scion’s wider strategy and how we will engage with all our stakeholders over the life of the project.

A Question and Answer session will follow.

Scion Presenters

Michael Watt (MBIE Programme Leader and Lead for Research Area 2)
Grant Pearse (Lead for Research Area 1)
Gancho Slavov (Lead for Research Area 3)
Lania Holt (Lead for Research Area 4)
Wharehuia Evans (Māori Partnership Advisor)
Claire Stewart (Portfolio Leader for New Value from a Digital Forest and Wood Sector)

For more information, please contact Dagmar Cheeseman

Ngā mihi nui,

The Transforming Tree Phenotyping project team