July Newsletter

Read about honeybees collecting myrtle rust, a Ngā Rākau Taketake host susceptibility trial and much more…

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Profile: Dr Beccy Ganley

Hailing from Plant and Food Research, Beccy brings to the team a long history of working in the myrtle rust and kauri dieback research space, making her an excellent candidate for the NRT Science Leader role.   

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Honeybees observed harvesting myrtle rust

An observation of bees harvesting myrtle rust spores in Auckland has recently been reported – a behaviour which is concerning to scientists.

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Host susceptibility trial

Researchers are investigating how well tests for myrtle rust susceptibility done under controlled conditions can predict the impacts of myrtle rust in the field.

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The role of gene editing in pest control

The Challenge supported a panel discussion on the role of gene editing for pest control in Aotearoa New Zealand, as a part of the New Zealand International Science Festival, in Ōtepoti Dunedin.

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B3 supports emerging coming together of tomorrow’s biosecurity experts

A Biological Heritage PhD student was among those supported by Better Border Biosecurity (B3) to meet other emerging talents and share their work at a recent plant conference.

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June Newsletter

Updates from B3, the latest reports on Myrtle Rust, and details on our Gene Editing Discussion Panel.

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Unlocking Curious Minds

The Unlocking Curious Minds (UCM) fund will be opening in mid-July, to encourage and enable better engagement with science and technology across all of New Zealand.

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Myrtle rust: reports from last season

Beyond Myrtle Rust provide updates on the latest observations of the fungal disease affecting the country’s Myrtaceae plant species thanks to keen New Zealanders out and about recording sightings of disease symptoms.

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Editing Them Out: Gene Editing and Pest Control in Aotearoa

The Challenge is excited to be hosting a panel discussion on the role of gene editing for pest control in Aotearoa New Zealand, as a part of the New Zealand International Science Festival, in Ōtepoti Dunedin on Thursday 15 July.

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