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Mast Seeding

There are an unusually large number of New Zealand species that show mast seeding, the synchronous production of an unusually large seed crop every few years. Our research has focused on why masting species display this variation in seed set between years, and especially how pollination and seed predation affect masting.

Chionochloa pallens

low year (2001)                              high year (1999)
flowering range > 10,000 fold

For more information, we provide a full list of publications (with PDF files) and you can contact us with any questions regarding this interesting phenomenon. If you are interested in further research opportunities related to this topic, there maybe scholarship opportunities available.

This research has been funded by the University of Canterbury, the Marsden Fund, and the Public Good Science Fund of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.