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NZ's Biological Heritage Challenge: Priority research investment - Māori-led research

August 31, 2019

Ngā Rākau Taketake: Social-ecological systems are a crucial element in the long-term preservation of our taonga species and ecosystems, so our aim is to build on existing relationships and research to develop expertise in this space.

 

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NZ's Biological Heritage Challenge: Priority research investment - Surveillance

August 31, 2019

In order to know the full effect of kauri dieback and myrtle rust we must closely observe them as they move throughout our towns and forest. We need to empower communities to map and monitor these foreign pathogens and their impacts, using an overarching surveillance framework.

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A guide to BioHeritage scoping groups

August 31, 2019

A guide to BioHeritage scoping groups - what they do, why we need them, why it's taking so long.

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Science Symposium will focus on safeguarding precious myrtles

August 06, 2019

The 2019 Myrtle Rust Science Symposium in Auckland on 9 and 10 September, will bring together organisations passionate about safeguarding and sustaining New Zealand's precious myrtles for future generations.

The media release includes an "Answers to questions" section on the symposium and the Myrtle rust science plan.

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July 2019 Myrtle Rust update

July 17, 2019

In this update:

  • 2019 Myrtle Rust Science Symposium – Save the date!
  • New Myrtle Rust Science Plan vital to combating the disease
  • Department of Conservation seed collection update
  • Heads up for myrtle rust spread in spring
  • “Myrtles for Tomorrow” symposium
  • Opening call: New Zealand Biosecurity Awards
  • What’s new on myrtlerust.org?
  • The future of the newsletter

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First confirmed myrtle rust case on West Coast

May 09, 2019

Myrtle rust has been detected for the first time on the West Coast on a young pōhutukawa plant, Biosecurity New Zealand (a branch of the Ministry for Primary Industries) confirmed.

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March 2019 Myrtle Rust update

April 02, 2019

In this update:

  • Where has myrtle rust been found
  • New myrtle rust website live
  • Calling all citizen scientists! 
  • Please share our online learning modules 
  • Seasonal variations of myrtle rust: What to look for in Autumn 
  • Thank you for your feedback
  • Links to resources and further information

 

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Online training programme launched to help public identify myrtle rust

March 07, 2019

Biosecurity New Zealand (part of the Ministry for Primary Industries) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched an online training programme to help New Zealanders identify suspected myrtle rust infections in their backyards.

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February 2019 Myrtle Rust update

February 27, 2019

In this update:

  • Where has myrtle rust been found
  • Take our online training programme to help identify myrtle rust 
  • Seed collection update from the Department of Conservation 
  • Seasonal variations of myrtle rust: preparing for Autumn 
  • We want your feedback - tell us what you want in future updates
  • Give your plants the best chance against myrtle rust 
  • How to reduce the risk of spread in your area 
  • Resources for landowners with myrtle rust on their property
  • Links to further information 

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January 2019 Myrtle Rust update

January 30, 2019

In this update you will find:

  • Where has myrtle rust been found
  • Take our online training programme to help identify myrtle rust
  • Increase in myrtle rust finds during the summer and what to check for
  • New evidence that myrtle rust can reproduce sexually

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