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Working with Scion to understand Lophomyrtus reproduction

Ramarama (Lophomyrtus bullata) and rōhutu (Lophomyrtus obcordata) are particularly susceptible to myrtle rust infection, with full tree death of ramarama first reported in 2020. It is critical we understand the reproduction of these species to ensure their survival.

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Graeme Atkins

Mate Tipu, Mate Rākau

A new documentary, titled “Mate Tipu, Mate Rākau”, has been released by Toi Taiao Whakatairanga.

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Are our indigenous myrtles susceptible to other myrtle rust strains?

To understand how susceptible our myrtle species are to other strains of myrtle rust, researchers investigated the susceptibility of four indigenous myrtle species to the South African strain of myrtle rust.

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Myrtle Rust Risk Prediction – a new data platform

The Myrtle Rust Risk Prediction platform is here! A massive inter-agency effort has resulted in the first digital tool that allows for the prediction of myrtle rust risk on a site-by-site basis.

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Kauriland Summit 2021

Over 120 attendees representing community groups, iwi, research organisations, councils and government agencies came together online for the inaugural Kauriland…

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Myrtle rust found on Aotea

The myrtle rust pathogen has been discovered on a pōhutukawa seedling on Aotea Great Barrier Island.

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The introduction of Phytophthora agathidicida to Aotearoa

Ngā Rākau Taketake scientists do not support claims that “kauri dieback was not so a recent arrival” and recommend no changes to current kauri dieback management. 

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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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Understanding the genome of myrtle rust

The genome of the fungus which causes the disease myrtle rust, Austropuccinia psidii, has been sequenced – what does this mean for the fight against myrtle rust?

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Kauri dieback monitoring in the Waitākere Ranges

A new collaborate effort between Auckland Council, mana whenua and researchers is underway to monitor kauri dieback in the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park, with plans to survey up to 3,500 kauri trees for signs of the disease.

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