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Mistletoe research group

Publications

Please contact us for hard copies of any papers not available in electronic form on this website.

Scientific articles

  • Robertson, A.W.; Ladley, J.J.; & Kelly, D. (published on line) Does height off the ground affect bird visitation and fruit set in the pollen-limited mistletoe Peraxilla tetrapetala (Loranthaceae)? Biotropica.
  • Bach, CE; Kelly, D. 2007. Mistletoe fruit-colour polymorphism and differential success in a habitat mosaic. Austral Ecology, 32: 509-514
  • Anderson, SH; Kelly, D; Robertson, AW; et al. 2007. Widespread failure of bird-pollination mutualisms on the New Zealand mainland. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 45: 291-291
  • Kelly, D.; Ladley, J.J.; & Robertson, A.W. (2007) Is the pollen-limited mistletoe Peraxilla tetrapetala (Loranthaceae) also seed-limited? Austral Ecology 32, 850-857
  • Travset, A; Robertson, AW; & Rodrigues-Perez, J. 2007. A review of the role of endozoochory in seed germination. Chpt 4 Dennis, A., Green, R., Schupp, E.W., and Wescott, D. (eds.). Frugivory and seed dispersal: theory and applications in a changing world. Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International, Wallingford, UK. Pg: 78-103
  • Anderson, S.H.; Kelly, D.; Robertson, A.W.; Ladley, J.J.; Innes, J.G. 2006. Birds as pollinators and dispersers: A case study from New Zealand. Acta XXIII Congressus Internationalis Ornithologici. 52 Supplement 112-115 Abstract
  • Robertson, A.W.; Trass, A.; Ladley, J.J. & Kelly D. 2006. Assessing the benefits of frugivory for seed germination: the importance of the deinhibition effect. Functional Ecology. 20: 58-66
  • Burgess, V.J.; Kelly, D.; Robertson, A.W.; Ladley, J.J. 2006. Positive effects of forest edges on plant reproduction: literature review and a case study of bee visitation to flowers of Peraxilla tetrapetala (Loranthaceae). New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 30: 179-190 Full text
  • Kelly, D.; Robertson, A.W.; Ladley, J.J.; Anderson, S.H.; MacKenzie, R.J. (2006) The relative (un)importance of introduced animals as pollinators and dispersers of native plants. In: Allen, R.B. and Lee, W.G., eds. Biological Invasions in New Zealand. Berlin: Springer. Chpt 15. Intro
  • Newstrom, L.; Robertson A.W. 2005. Progress in understanding pollination systems in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 43: 1-59.
  • Kelly, D.; Brindle, C.; Ladley, J.J.; Robertson, A.W.; Maddigan, F.W.; Butler, J.; Ward-Smith, T.; Murphy, D.J.; Sessions, L.A. 2005. Can stoat (Mustela erminea) trapping increase bellbird (Anthornis melanura) populations and benefit mistletoe (Peraxilla tetrapetala) pollination? New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 29, 69-82. Full text
  • Robertson, A.W., Ladley, J.J., Kelly, D. 2005. The effectiveness of short-tongued bees as pollinators of apparently "ornithophilous" New Zealand mistletoes. Austral Ecology 30, 298-309.
  • Bach C.E., Kelly D., Hazlett B.A. 2005. Forest edges benefit adults, but not seedlings, of the mistletoe Alepis flavida (Loranthaceae). Journal of Ecology 93, 79-86.
  • Bach, C.E., & Kelly, D. 2004. Effects of forest edges on herbivory in a New Zealand mistletoe, Alepis flavida. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 28, 195-205. Full text
  • Bach, C.E., & Kelly, D. 2004. Effects of forest edges, fruit display size, and fruit colour on bird seed dispersal in a New Zealand mistletoe, Alepis flavida. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 28, 93-103. Full text
  • Murphy, D.J.; Kelly, D. (2003) Seasonal variation in the honeydew, invertebrate and mistletoe fruit and nectar resource in a New Zealand mountain beech forest. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 27 11-23. Abstract | Full text (pdf, 252 Kb)
  • Montgomery, B.R.; Kelly, D.; Robertson, A.W.; Ladley, J.J. (2003) Pollinator behaviour, not increased resources, boosts seed set on forest edges in a New Zealand Loranthaceous mistletoe. New Zealand Journal of Botany 41: 277-286. Abstract | Full text
  • Norton D.A.; Ladley J.J.; Sparrow A.D. (2002) Host provenance effects germination and establishment of two New Zealand mistletoes (Loranthaceae). Functional Ecology 16: 657-663. Abstract
  • Sessions L.A.; Rance, C.; Grant, A.; Kelly D. (2001) Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) control benefits native mistletoes (Loranthaceae). New Zealand Journal of Ecology 25(2): 27-33. Abstract | Full text (pdf, 818 Kb)
  • Sessions, L.A.; Kelly, D. (2001) Methods for monitoring herbivory and growth of New Zealand mistletoes (Loranthaceae). New Zealand Journal of Ecology 25(2): 19-26. Abstract | Full text (pdf, 947 Kb)
  • Sessions, L.A.; Kelly, D. (2001) Heterogeneity in vertebrate and invertebrate herbivory and its consequences for New Zealand mistletoes. Austral Ecology 26: 571-581. Abstract
  • Murphy D.J.; Kelly D. (2001) Scarce or distracted? Bellbird (Anthornis melanura) foraging and diet in an area of inadequate mistletoe pollination. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 25(1): 68-81. Abstract | Full Text (pdf, 1.6 Mb)
  • Montgomery, B.R.; Kelly, D.; Ladley, J.J. (2001) Pollinator limitation of seed set in Fuchsia perscandens (Onagraceae) on Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 39: 559-565. Abstract | Full Text
  • Kelly, D.; Ladley, J. J.; Robertson, A. W.; Norton, D. A. (2000) Limited forest fragmentation improves reproduction in the declining New Zealand mistletoe Peraxilla tetrapetala (Loranthaceae). In: Genetics and Demography of Fragmented Populations, Edited by A. Young and G. Clarke, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Abstract | Full text (pdf, 556 Kb)
  • Norton, D.A.; de Lange, P.J. (1999) Host specificity in parasitic mistletoes (Loranthaceae) in New Zealand. Functional Ecology 7: 551-559.
  • Norton, D.A.; Stafford Smith, M. (1999) Roadsides are good mistletoe sites. Australian Journal of Ecology 24: 193-198.
  • Robertson, A. W.; Kelly, D.; Ladley, J. J.; Sparrow, A. D. (1999) Effects of pollinator loss on endemic New Zealand Mistletoes (Loranthaceae). Conservation Biology 13: 499-508. Abstract
  • Robertson, A.W.; Kelly, D.; Sessions, L.; Ladley, J.J. (1998) Reproductive performance of a remnant mistletoe population at Waipori Gorge. In: Hamel, J., ed. Research in the Tairei Catchment, pp 40-41. Dunedin: Ecology Research Group, University of Otago.
  • Norton, D.A.; Carpenter, M.A. (1998) Mistletoes as parasites; host specificity and speciation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 13: 101-105.
  • Norton, D.A.; Ladley, J.J. (1998) Establishment and early growth of Alepis flavida in relation to Nothofagus solandri branch size. New Zealand Journal of Botany 36: 213-217. Abstract | Full Text
  • Norton, D. A.; Ladley, J. J.; Owen, H. J. (1997) Distribution and population structure of the Loranthaceae mistletoes Alepis flavida, Peraxilla colensoi and Peraxilla tetrapetala within two New Zealand Nothofagus forests. New Zealand Journal of Botany 35: 323-336. Abstract | Full text
  • Norton, D. A.; Ladley, J. J.; Sparrow, A. D. (1997) Development of non-destructive age indices for three New Zealand Loranthaceae mistletoes. New Zealand Journal of Botany 35: 337-343. Abstract | Full text
  • Norton, D.A.; Reid, N. (1997) Lessons in ecosystem management from management of threatened and pest Loranthaceous mistletoes in New Zealand and Australia. Conservation Biology 11: 759-769.
  • Ladley, J. J.; Kelly, D.; Robertson, A. W. (1997) Explosive flowering, nectar production, breeding systems and pollinators of New Zealand mistletoes (Loranthaceae). New Zealand Journal of Botany 35: 345-360. Abstract | Full text
  • Kelly, D.; Ladley, J. J.; Robertson, A. W.; Edwards, J.; Smith, D. C. (1996) The birds and the bees. Nature 384: 615. Abstract | Full text (pdf, 211 Kb)
  • Ladley, J. J.; Kelly, D. (1996) Dispersal, germination and survival of New Zealand mistletoes (Loranthaceae): Dependence on birds. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 20: 69-79. Abstract | Full Text (pdf, 1.2 Mb)
  • Ladley, J. J.; Kelly, D. (1995) Explosive New Zealand mistletoe. Nature 378: 766. Abstract | Full text (pdf, 217 Kb)
  • Owen, H. J.; Norton, D.A. (1995) The diet of introduced brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) in a low-diversity New Zealand Nothofagus forest and possible implications for conservation management. Biological Conservation 71: 339-345.
  • Powell, G.R.; Norton, D.A. (1994) Contrasts in crown development of the mistletoes Alepis flavida (Hook. f.) Tiegh. and Peraxilla tetrapetala (L. f.) Tiegh. (Loranthaceae) parasitic on Nothofagus solandri (Hook. F.) Oerst., Craigieburn Ecological District, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 32: 497-508.
  • Norton, D, A.; de Lange, P. J.; Ladley, J. J.; Malcolm, A. N. (1994) Hosts of New Zealand Loranthaceae mistletoes. New Zealand Botanical Society Newsletter 37: 6-12.
  • Norton, D.A. (1991) Trilepidea adamsii: an obituary for a species. Conservation Biology 5: 52-57.

Popular articles

  • Ladley, J. J.; Kelly, D. (1995) Mistletoes: how these showy specialists and honeyeaters need each other. Forest and Bird 278: 16-21. Full text (pdf, 3.2 Mg)
  • Ladley, J. J.; Kelly, D.; Norton, D. A. (1997) A guide to hand-planting New Zealand mistletoes (Loranthaceae). New Zealand Botanical Society Newsletter,16-19. Full text (pdf, 640 Kb)
  • Sessions, L.A. (2000) A floral twist of fate. Natural History Magazine, September 2000, p. 38-43. (See www.amnh.org/naturalhistory/, under "Web Site Archive", Sept 2000)
  • Sessions, L.A. (2000) Peculiar parasites. New Zealand Wilderness Magazine, December 2000.
  • Sessions, L.A. (2001) The Fading of Fuchsia. Forest and Bird Magazine. February 2001, p. 28-31. Full text (pdf, 4.7 Mb)

Other materials

With funding from the Brian Mason Scientific and Technical Trust, we have developed a range of materials on native mistletoes for the general public, including pamphlets, a poster and a video. You can view these materials below, or contact us to receive colour copies by post.

  • Beech mistletoe pamphlet (pdf, 800 Kb)
  • Green mistletoe pamphlet (pdf, 2.0 Mb)
  • Beech mistletoe poster (jpg, 800 Kb)
  • Beech mistletoe video (made in conjunction with Natural History NZ)