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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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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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December 2018 Myrtle Rust update

December 19, 2018

In this update you will find:

  • Where has myrtle rust been found
  • Check your myrtle plants for myrtle rust this summer
  • Give your plants the best chance against myrtle rust
  • How to reduce the risk of spread in your area

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Biosecurity New Zealand and DOC warn of myrtle rust risk this summer

December 19, 2018

Biosecurity New Zealand (part of the Ministry for Primary Industries) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) are encouraging the public to check their local myrtle plants this summer to help track the spread of the fungal disease myrtle rust.

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November 2018 Myrtle Rust Update

November 28, 2018

In this update you will find:

  • Detections in the last month 
  • Myrtle rust research to be accelerated
  • What is PCR?

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