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Newsletter - September 2007

During this month the Hub team has published a video conference with the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA). In this video conference, secondary school students asked ERMA questions about genetically modified organisms, environment protection and biocontrol.

This month the Hub also features several information sheets on DNA barcoding.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that the Hub is now hosting links to selected audio on biotechnology from Radio National's Our Changing World programme.

What's new on the Hub?

Keep visiting the site to see what's new, or register on the Hub for the My Biotech feature www.biotechlearn.org.nz/user/register. This provides you with a way to be alerted by email to new content as it is added

“Environmental Risk Management Authority” – Video conference

Dr Manuka Henare and Dr Val Orchard are both members of the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA). In this video conference, find out more about ERMA’s role in protecting the environment, regulating new organisms and listening to the views of all New Zealanders.
URL: www.biotechlearn.org.nz/themes/biocontrol/

“DNA barcoding” – Information sheet

DNA barcoding is a technique being used to identify and distinguish different animal species worldwide. This is part of a series of information sheets written by Ewan Grant-Mackie – a New Zealand Science, Mathematics and Technology teacher fellow in 2006.

“The wandering pūkeko” – Information sheet

Swamp hens are a type of bird found all over the world. New Zealand has three representatives of this genus: pūkeko, takahe, and the extinct moho (also known as the North Island takahe). DNA barcoding is being used to unravel the evolutionary relationships between these New Zealand natives and their overseas relations. This gives clues about where the New Zealand swamp hens came from and how they got here.

Radio New Zealand audio

New to the Hub! Listen to audio about biotechnology selected from Radio New Zealand's archives of Our Changing World.
URL: www.biotechlearn.org.nz/news_and_events/radio_new_zealand_audio

“Vegetable caterpillar” – Radio New Zealand audio

Industrial Research Limited (IRL) chemist Stephen Tauwhare discusses the possible health benefits of the vegetable caterpillar, or awheto.
URL: www.biotechlearn.org.nz/news_and_events/radio_new_zealand_audio/

“Genetically modified brassicas approved” – Radio New Zealand audio

This is an interview with Libby Harrison from the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) following the decision to allow field trials of genetically modified brassicas.
URL: www.biotechlearn.org.nz/news_and_events/radio_new_zealand_audio/


“TENZ 2007” – 3 Oct, 2007 to 5 Oct, 2007

This conference will explore current research and classroom practice in technology education. It celebrates the rich technological experiences which are happening in our schools and honours the teachers who are leading the way in creating an appropriate pedagogy for technology.

We welcome your ideas

We are keen to receive your ideas and feedback about the Biotechnology Hub. Please email us at enquiries@biotechlearn.org.nz or use our Contact form if you have any comments or suggestions for the Hub.

Contact us

Please contact us if you have any queries about the Hub. Email: enquiries@biotechlearn.org.nz

Best wishes.

Dr Diane Dinnis, Project Manager, New Zealand Biotechnology Learning Hub
URL: www.biotechlearn.org.nz


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