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Climbing Tōtara to collect leaf samples for genetic analysis.

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Carolina Lara is a PhD student at the University of Auckland. Part of her research involves sampling tōtara tree (Podocarpus totara) leaves to conduct genetic analysis.


Tree climbing for Kauri seed collecting

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We were recently asked to be part of a research project for Auckland Botanical Gardens (ABG), who are working on a positive biological control agent for Kauri dieback Phytophthora agathidicida. Kauri dieback is host-specific to NZ Kauri trees. It kills everything from seedlings to giant trees and spreads through soil moisture and soil movement. 


Hong Kong hosts the Asia-Pacific Tree Climbing Championship

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The Asia-Pacific Tree Climbing Competition (APTCC) runs every year and this was its first time in Hong Kong. 


Bat monitoring with Dr Johan Eklöf in Sweden

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Last summer I was back in Sweden for a break. I had the opportunity to spend an evening with Swede Dr Johan Eklöf.


Tree Climbing for Auckland Chinese Lantern Festival

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The Chinese Lantern Festival has become an iconic event in Auckland, put on by Auckland Tourism and Events to celebrate Chinese New Year.