Dr Stanley Bellgard & Greg Ford

AuthorDr Stanley Bellgard & Greg Ford

Dr Stanley Bellgard and Greg Ford are joint authors of ‘Catching a kauri killer’. Dr Bellgard Landcare Research Biodiversity and Conservation team researcher. Greg is former editor of The Weekend Press and Landcare Research's communications manager.

Catching A Kauri Killer

In Western Australia, where Stanley Bellgard is from, they call Phytophthora a “Biological Bulldozer”. Catchy name, isn’t it. And Phytophthora agathidicida (formerly, PTA), more widely referred to by New Zealanders as ‘kauri dieback’, is proving equally destructive. The pathogen has infected New Zealand’s kauri forests in the upper North Island, threatening the viability of the iconic...

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