2021 Waitākere Ranges kauri population health monitoring survey
Author:Karyn Froud, Yue Chin Chew, John Kean, Jane Meiforth, Sarah Killick, Edward Ashby, Robin Taua-Gordon, Alastair Jamieson, Lisa Tolich
Source:Auckland Council, Environmental Services
Kauri dieback, plant pathogens
2021 Waitākere Ranges kauri population health monitoring survey / Te Rangahau Aroturuki i ngā Rākau Rangatira o Te Wao Nui ā Tiriwa
Phytophthora agathidicida, the causal agent of kauri (Agathis australis) dieback disease, is a threat to the health and long-term survival of kauri forests. In this report, we present a new long-term kauri health monitoring framework, developed using an epidemiological approach to investigate kauri health at the population level and help provide answers to a variety of management questions. We discuss the roll-out of the second tier of this comprehensive long-term monitoring framework in Te Wao Nui ā Tiriwa / the Waitākere Ranges. The survey, undertaken in 2021, was largely funded by the Auckland Council Natural Environment Targeted Rate (NETR) and has been co-designed and delivered in close partnership with Te Kawerau ā Maki following extensive input from New Zealand scientists and international experts.
The survey used a cross-sectional study design, which collects disease, pathogen and risk factor data at a single point in time to understand associations. Using new remote sensing techniques to understand the spatial distribution of the kauri population, a randomised sample of kauri was selected for field survey. Data were collected for three separate studies: a baseline prevalence study of P. agathidicida and symptomatic kauri, a risk factor study and a diagnostic test performance evaluation study. Key findings from all three studies are presented in the report.
This survey provides a consistent cohort of monitored kauri that can be measured repeatedly to understand change in disease and pathogen prevalence over time. Results will help inform the ongoing and adaptive management of kauri dieback across Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.
Auckland Council technical report, TR2022/8
7. Chapter 4: Estimation of the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of kauri dieback visual assessment and Phytophthora agathidicida soil baiting, culturing and morphological identification using Bayesian latent class analysis
30 June 2022