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Te Rātā Whakamaru: Community-science solutions for employment and myrtle rust resistance   

Presenter: Heidi Dungey (Scion) and the Te Rātā Whakamaru team  

Date: 21 February 2024, 11am NZST

Heidi Dungey

Myrtle Rust Jobs for Resistance – Te Rātā Whakamaru is a Scion-led project funded by the Department of Conservation – Te Papa Atawhai, which is being delivered in partnership with Rotoiti 15 Trust. The aim of the project is to provide jobs for people in the community while protecting vulnerable Myrtaceae against myrtle rust. Divided into six phases, the project includes field technician (manukura and hōmiromiro) training, mapping susceptible myrtle species in the Bay of Plenty, monitoring and surveillance, co-developing a conservation strategy, knowledge sharing, and creating an exit strategy for the project. 

Join us to hear Heidi Dungey and the Te Rātā Whakamaru team present an overview of the project. They will share the outcomes and success stories from the manukura and hōmiromiro and talk about the benefits of collaborating with iwi and hapū, problem-solving through different worldviews, integrating Māori and Pākehā knowledge, and the importance of connecting via networks in Mauao, Āwhitu and Te Araroa. 

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Previous webinars

The foliar microbiome and implications for myrtle rust infection 

Presenter: Hayley Ridgway, Plant & Food Research, December 2023


What does myrtle rust resilience look like for Māori?       

Presenter: Alby Marsh, Plant & Food Research, November 2023


Putative pathogenicity transcript targets for control of Austropuccinia psidii     

Presenter: Grant Smith, Plant & Food Research, October 2023


Growing rust fungi on artificial substrates – A step closer to studying infection in the lab without using plants   

Presenter: Sarah Sale, University of Canterbury, September 2023


Ex situ conservation to support recovery of species severely affected by myrtle rust 

Presenters: Karen Sommerville and Veronica Viler, Australian PlantBank, Botanic Gardens of Sydney, August 2023


Restoration genetics of Syzygium maire

Presenter: Colan Balkwill, PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington, July 2023


Boots on the Ground – Rōhutu Preservation at Mahanihani

Presented by:  Nicky Reynolds, Te Korowai o Papatūānuku, May 2023


Pre-visual and early detection of myrtle rust on rose apple  

Presented by: Michael Watt, Scion, April 2023 


Understanding and managing impacts with a focus on long-term conservation

Presenter: Craig Stehn, NSW Government, Australia, March 2023


Mapping genetic loci linked to myrtle rust resistance in mānuka 

Presenter: David Chagné, Plant & Food Research, February 2023


Melaleuca quinquenervia; towards a model for myrtle rust research

Presenter: Alyssa Martino, The University of Sydney, December 2022


Te Mana Motuhake o te kākano: What seed sovereignty means for us

Presenter: Melanie Mark-Shadbolt, Te Tira Whakamātaki, November 2022


Optimising fungicide sprays for myrtle rust control in plant nurseries 

Presenter: Robert Beresford, Plant & Food Research, October 2022



Exogenous RNAi inhibits infection physiology myrtle rust in planta

Presenter: Rebecca Degnan, The University of Queensland, August 2022


Using metabolites as biomarkers to ID resistance to myrtle rust and to detect early-stage infection 

Presenter: Michelle Moffit, May 2022


Chasing fungal antagonists of the myrtle rust fungus in Brazil 

Presenters: Robert Barreto & Gleiber Quintão, June 2022


Finding and developing genetic resistance to disease in forest trees

Presenter: Richard Sniezko, July 2022



From surveillance to epidemiology: learning from myrtle rust

Presenter: Rebecca Campbell, March 2022


Can seed banking fleshy Myrtaceae seeds buy time in the myrtle rust battle?

Presenter: Karin van der Walt, November 2021


Unprecedented extinction of tree species by fungal disease

Presenter: Rod Fensham, December 2021


Austropuccinia psidii rust (myrtle rust) in the Western Hemisphere

Presenter: Phil Cannon, July 2021


Can different strains of Austropuccinia psidii outcross on a universal host?

Presenter: Alistair McTaggart, October 2021

The ecological importance of the Myrtaceae in the woody ecosystems of New Zealand

Presenter: Insu Jo, April 2022


Molecular detection of different strains of Austropuccinia psidii 

Presenter: Jane Stewart, February 2022


Can seed banking fleshy Myrtaceae seeds buy time in the myrtle rust battle?

Presenter: Karin van der Walt, November 2021


Predicting future spread of myrtle rust in Aotearoa New Zealand

Presenter: Rob Beresford, September 2021


Monitoring the impact of Austropuccinia psidii on native Myrtaceae in the ngahere

Presenter: Roanne Sutherland, August 2021


Harnessing foliar fungal communities for endangered plant conservation 

Presenter: Mason Kamalani Chock, June 2021


RNA interference-mediated control of myrtle rust

Presenter: Anne Sawyer, May 2021


Strings attached: Managing ex-situ plants highly susceptible to pathogens

Presenter: Emma Bodley, April 2021


Austropuccinia psidii: the threat of other strains 

Presenter: Julia Soewarto, March 2021

Chasing myrtle rust in NZ: biosecurity response diagnostics and beyond

Presenter: Merje Toome, February 2021

The other pandemic: unlocking the Austropuccinia psidii genome to help fight myrtle rust 

Presenter: Peri Tobias, December 2020

Fire and rust: The impact of myrtle rust on post-fire regeneration in Australia

Presenter: Geoff Pegg, November 2020

Predicting Refuges from Myrtle Rust

Presenter: James McCarthy, October 2020