Biosecurity New Zealand and the Department of Conservation, have developed a learning tool to help people all over New Zealand identify suspected myrtle rust infections in their backyards and reserves. These modules are part of an ongoing suite of toolkits designed to shape citizen science in New Zealand and increase our collective capacity to identify myrtle species and recognise the symptoms of myrtle rust.
By applying these learnings you help to increased public understanding and community engagement with the added benefit of mapping sightings to help inform the national long-term management programme.
Each module is divided into two parts, and the material is delivered by videos (between 3 and 5 videos each part).
This learning module is focused on building your background understanding of what myrtle rust is, how it got to New Zealand in the first place, and what you should do if you find it.
This learning module is focused on building your ability to identify and understand myrtle rust. There is a quiz at the end of Part 2 that assesses your skills at recognising myrtle rust. If you score 80% or above you will be able to access a certificate of completion in “Myrtle Rust Identification Training.”