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Understanding the relationship between climate and myrtle rust

Warmer winters means myrtle rust is more active over the winter months, leading to an increased threat for Myrtaceae species.

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Student Profile: Hone Ropata

Master’s student Hone Ropata is researching how myrtle rust could impact aka (vine) species, while working as a part of the Plant & Food Research team. We had a chat to learn more about his mahi.

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Surveillance that works for all

Work is underway to develop an integrated surveillance system for both myrtle rust and kauri dieback.

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Introducing Dr Fabien Medvecky

Dr Fabien Medvecky is working with the Ngā Rākau Taketake – Mobilising for Action team. We sat down to have a chat about his work. 

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October Newsletter – Ngā Rākau Taketake

Introducing a new co-lead, new research on kauri dieback, and updates from Beyond Myrtle Rust.

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Understanding the microbial communities of symptomatic kauri soils

PhD candidate Alexa Byers has recently published new research in Soil Biology and Biochemistry on the composition of microbial communities in soil associated with roots of kauri that are symptomatic and asymptomatic for kauri dieback.

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Introducing a new co-lead for Control, Protect, Cure

Dr Marion Wood has recently joined us as a new co-lead for the Ngā Rākau Taketake investment Control, Protect, Cure. We had a chat to learn more about her.

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Need help to identify a myrtle? There’s an app for that

The NZ Myrtaceae Key is a new app developed to help people identify myrtle species, to aid in the detection of myrtle rust.

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Microscopic epiphytes may help in the war against myrtle rust

Microbiologist Hayley Ridgway is investigating the epiphytic microbe communities living on myrtle species, and their role in the spread of myrtle rust.

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Beyond Myrtle Rust: Marley Ford, a student of ecology’s underdogs

Masters student Marley Ford is investigating the mycorrhizal fungi communities of ramarama (Lophomyrtus bullata), a species that has recently become threatened by myrtle rust.

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