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Ornamental to detrimental: The invasion of New Zealand by non- native plants
16/05/2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
2018 Cockayne Lecture: Professor Philip Hulme, Professor of Plant Biosecurity, Lincoln University.
Aotearoa New Zealand has more types of non-native plants than almost anywhere in the world. Our great botanist, Leonard Cockayne (1855–1934), believed that such non-natives would never pose a threat to our native flora. Yet today many of these introduced species are causing significant economic and environmental costs, with all signs pointing to this problem growing in the future.
Professor Philip Hulme, recipient of the 2017 Leonard Cockayne Lecture Award, will explore the history of plant invasions in New Zealand and examine the underlying causes and potential future trends. Some of these invasive plants have been introduced as commercial crops, such as pine and pasture grasses, while others have arrived as ornamentals from around the world.
Professor Philip Hulme FRSNZ is the Chair in Plant Biosecurity at Lincoln University, where he is based at the Bio-Protection Research Centre.
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