Mendel: The father of genetics Using peas, maths, and a lot of patience, Gregor Mendel uncovered some of the secrets of the gene. Nobel prize winner Sir Paul Nurse explains some of the monk's ground-breaking conclusions.
Making proteins by genetic engineering: Proteins are produced by living cells and have a huge number of different functions. They act as transporters and messengers around the body, control growth, help keep us healthy, and are the building blocks for bo
Biological control of possums - Possums are one of New Zealand's biggest pests. Currently they are controlled by poisoning and trapping, but this is expensive and ongoing. Biological control has the potential to provide novel ways to control possums, and
Combating kiwifruit Psa - Scientists around New Zealand have been working on how to combat the highly virulent pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) – a bacterial disease that has been plaguing the kiwifruit industry.
Developing a biocontrol game - Students of any level develop a board game illustrating knowledge of New Zealand’s possum problem and the strategies used to control it – including biocontrol strategies.
Biocontrol is a biological approach to controlling a pest organism. It uses other organisms, or active ingredients from organisms, as ways to control the pest. Biocontrol of pests provides an alternative to chemical control (such as insecticides) and physical control (such as manual removal of weeds).
This is a photograph of a gum leaf skeletoniser, capable of devouring large amounts of gum leaves, is widespread in the greater Auckland region and has been recorded in a number of locations in the Waikato, New Zealand.