Biosecurity 4.7 Million getting on board
Biosecurity New Zealand is ramping up the myrtle rust monitoring and reporting as the season is upon us.
It has developed an online programme to support community-based surveillance by interested groups to be launched in the New Year. This programme will be on a new website together with useful myrtle rust information from both Biosecurity New Zealand and the Department of Conservation.
Biosecurity New Zealand’s Manager for Recovery and Pest Management, John Sanson, says a cross-sector working group has developed a national long-term management plan for myrtle rust.
Biosecurity NZ is developing a Myrtle Rust Science Plan, which the Myrtle Rust Strategic Science Advisory Group will work on in early 2019.
“We are investing significantly in scientific research to develop new tools, build understanding of myrtle rust and explore possible long-term management options with a $3.7 million programme of research. An additional $5 million funding increase from the Strategic Science Investment Fund will build on work already being done by Government agencies, Māori, councils, and research providers over the next three years,” Mr Sanson says.
Myrtle Rust on Metrosideros
Matthew Dolan attended the December Myrtle Rust Science Symposium in Wellington. He says it brought together a wide range of expertise to discuss what we have learned since myrtle rust arrived in New Zealand, and they explored ideas about the science that will be needed to help find ways to manage myrtle rust now and in the future.