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The research team at CIBR have shown that incorporating bioactive plants into bio-diverse riparian planting schemes has the potential to both filter and inactivate pollutants from intensive agriculture leading to improvements in water quality. Field site with mānuka-dominated riparian zones are in place or being set up that can be used as “flagship” sites to collect data and develop farm models. This work will enable detailed plans to be drawn up for retirement and planting of riparian zones and critical source areas, which maximises the benefits to water quality, biodiversity, and cost off-sets, such as the production of natural products or browse supplements.

Field Sites:

  • Lake Waikare - a site with 4 ha of mānuka dominated ecosystems planted, based in the Waikato located on a dairy farm

  • The Pot - a 10 ha site that had pine forest that has been harvested and replaced with a mānuka and kānuka dominated ecosystem and irrigated with treated municipal wastewater

  • Lake Wairarapa - two small field trials located on a sheep/beef farm and one dairy farm in collaboration with farm owners, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa  

  • Duvauchelle - a site in Christchurch with 11 native plant species irrigated with treated municipal wastewater

Research Articles 

1. Dickinson, N.; Marmiroli, M.; Das, B.; McLaughlin, D.; Leung, D. and Robinson, B., (2015). Endemic Plants as Browse Crops in Agricultural Landscapes of New Zealand. [PDF, 302 KB]

2. Franklin, H.M.; Dickinson, N.M.; Esnault, C.J.D. and Robinson, B.H.,(2015). Native Plants and Nitrogen in Agricultural Landscapes of New Zealand. [PDF, 1.4 MB]

3. Hahner, J.L.; Robinson, B.H.; Zhong, H.T. and Dickinson, N.M., (2014). The Phytoremediation Potential of Native Plants on New Zealand Dairy Farms.

4. Prosser, J.A.; Anderson, C.W.N.; Horswell, J.; Speir, T.W., (2014). Can Manuka (Leptospermum Scoparium) Antimicrobial Properties be Utilised in the Remediation of Pathogen Contaminated Land? [PDF, 938 KB]

5. Prosser, J.A.; Woods, R.R.; J.A., H. and Robinson, B.H., (2016). The Potential In-situ Antimicrobial Activity of Myrtaceae Plant Species on Pathogens in Soil. [PDF, 361 KB]

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