Extensive vegetation mapping and microscopic examination of sample material was completed at Cape Bird in detail enough so that maps were produced marking the location of all major algal, moss and a single lichen stand. Material was collected with sterile techniques from all the available non-marine habitats which supported an algal flora. All the material was examined microscopically while in the field up to x100. 368 field observations were made on the quality, quantity and location of vegetation from as wide an area as was possible, traversed on foot. General photographs of site topography, representative habitats and vegetation within the site were taken.
The algae culture collection is stored in a -20 freezer at the Molecular Laboratory and Allan Herbarium at Landcare Research, New Zealand. It is unknown what cultures are still viable and what species are available. The lab has PC2 containment and transfers have to be done according to Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) protocol. Contact Phil Novis: NovisP@landcareresearch.co.nz for more information.
The data is very well described and documented in the publications. Some cultures may still exist and are held by Landcare Research, New Zealand. The quality of these cultures is unknown. Field notebooks, diaries, etc are retained by the investigator.
If the cultures are wanted to be transeferred from Landcare Research, the receiving lab needs to have the necessary containment certification (i.e. PC2 containment) and transfers have to be done according to MAF protocol. Otherwise the work needs to be done in the Landcare Research Molecular lab.