Alternative host project
Previous laboratory research (Ryder & Burns 2016; Bellgard et al. 2013) found that a number of native plants could potentially act as hosts for PA. This project is required to validate results found in the laboratory by undergoing field trails of a number of native non-kauri plant species that grow in association with kauri. If proven, then the results is likely to have implications on how we manage the disease as it creates a potential major vector pathway to disease spread.