Landcare Research’s new website goes live (and we are invited to go looking for bugs)

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research alerted us today to its new website.

The CRI said the site represents a significant milestone for it and supports its science ambitions for New Zealand at every stage of their lifecycle.

Whether it’s our land, our environment, our biodiversity, or our biosecurity, the website demonstrates our strong relationship with our partners, and our commitment to provide exceptional results to our stakeholders.

Features include:

  • An enhanced search function – find what you are looking for in seconds.
  • Pages dedicated to the CRI’s collections. “Our national collections are an internationally significant research resource and now these are easier to access.”
  • Dedicated project pages that highlight the work Landcare Ressearch is doing in some of its key initiatives, such as Beyond Myrtle Rust, Reducing nitrogen losses from farms, Eradicating the last 5%, and Winning against wildings
  • A feedback tab – to give immediate feedback, whether bouquet or brickbat, via a tab on the website page.

Landcare Research’s most popular tool – What is this bug? – has had a refresh.

“Whether you love them or loathe them, you’ll be able to easily identify what you’re looking at, no matter now many legs or eyes it has.”

Chief executive Richard Gordon says the CRI works  for New Zealand’s land environment and biodiversity.

He described the website as vital tool  for making the institute’s research, science and solutions valuable, interesting and accessible to a wide audience.

Source:  Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research

Shared science MOU to benefit the Waikato region

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and Waikato Regional Council have signed a memorandum of understanding, creating a platform for a planned and collaborative approach to research.

Manaaki Whenua chief executive Richard Gordon says it’s important for Crown Research Institutes to recognise the excellent applied science carried out by regional councils, and the collaboration of knowledge will help deliver the greatest benefits for the region, as well as for New Zealand.

“We already enjoy a close and positive working relationship on some projects with Waikato Regional Council, and this MOU covers all bases, including sharing regional environmental data and tools,” Mr Gordon said

Shared research interests include:

– biodiversity and biosecurity research, policy and practices

– wetland management and restoration

– impacts of climate change

– land use intensification and mitigations such as carbon sequestration

 – economic and environmental modelling.

Waikato Regional Council chief executive Vaughan Payne says collaborative work is already under way on a soil mapping programme to better understand land management impacts on water quality.

Among other things, this piece of work will assist in the creation and implementation of farm environment plans.

A combined project to better understand the Waikato’s unique peat soils, to enable better management and protection, is also about to start.

Source: Waikato Regional Council