Aerial surveillance to detect kauri dieback in New Zealand


  • A. Jamieson
  • I.E. Bassett
  • L.M.W. Hill
  • S. Hill
  • A. Davis
  • N.W. Waipara
  • E.G. Hough
  • I.J. Horner



The causal agent of kauri dieback Phytophthora taxon Agathis (PTA) poses a significant threat to kauri (Agathis australis) in northern New Zealand Groundbased field surveys have previously confirmed PTA presence at several locations across Auckland and Northland However ground surveys are limited to areas adjacent to tracks because of difficulty and cost associated with offtrack access in steep terrain along with concern about furthering spread of PTA A methodology for aerial photographic surveillance of kauri dieback was developed and implemented in Wait?kere Ranges Hunua Ranges and adjacent forest areas Using recently developed GPS technology photographs were embedded with position data so unhealthy trees were easily located later for groundtruthing Aerial survey was found to be a time and costeffective method for surveying large inaccessible areas of forest for kauri dieback The methodology would also be applicable for detection of visible disease or damage symptoms in other canopy tree species




How to Cite

Jamieson, A., Bassett, I., Hill, L., Hill, S., Davis, A., Waipara, N., Hough, E. and Horner, I. 2014. Aerial surveillance to detect kauri dieback in New Zealand. New Zealand Plant Protection. 67, (Jan. 2014), 60–65. DOI:




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