Research on the critically endangered dry plains shrub daisy hit the headlines across New Zealand yesterday.
A recent study found that native plant regeneration under wilding contorta pine forest was limited mainly by the availability of native seeds.
I recently attended a workshop in Hawaii to discuss frugivory and seed dispersal on islands and how human impacts may have changed this important plant-animal interaction. Don Drake (University of Hawaii, USA) and Kim McConkey (National Institute of Advanced Studies,
Seedlings of the critically endangered dry plains shrub daisy establish only when invasive grasses are sprayed with herbicide. We will investigate whether habitat restoration can be used as an alternative, less intensive, management option to suppress invasive grasses and enable dry plains shrub daisy to regenerate.