Why are our kauri dying?
Dieback is a deadly disease killing our kauri. Microscopic spores in the soil infect the roots and damage the tissues that carry nutrients to the tree, effectively starving the kauri to death.
These spores spread with soil movement and it only takes a minute number to create a new area of disease.
Once infected, the kauri face a slow demise and without a voice, they die in silence. While scientists are working to find controls for the disease, there is no known treatment at this time.
Infected trees will bleed gum at the base of the trunk as they attempt to fight the disease. In collaboration with a group of partners, we have used these tears as a way to let one kauri communicate its pain.