Science & Research

Science is vital to help New Zealand understand and limit the impact of myrtle rust. This invasive and potentially deadly fungal disease affects some of our most ecologically, economically and culturally significant tree species, including pōhutakawa, mānuka and rāta.

Explore the pages below to learn more about myrtle rust science and research, including a new myrtle rust science stocktake giving a great overview of the research landscape.


Myrtle Rust Science Plan

The Myrtle Rust Science Plan can be used by all New Zealanders as a guide to what science will be most valuable for the management of myrtle rust.

Myrtle rust science stocktake

A list of past and current research focussed on biology, impacts and management of myrtle rust is now available to help organisations interested in myrtle rust better understand the research landscape.

Investment in research

The Government has allocated more than $23 million for myrtle rust research since mid-2017. The Myrtle Rust Strategic Science Advisory Group (SSAG) has developed a Myrtle Rust Science Plan to be used by all New Zealanders as a guide to what science will be most valuable for the management of myrtle rust.

MPI-funded Research Reports

These MPI-funded research reports provide new knowledge and practical insights about managing myrtle rust in New Zealand. These projects were identified as urgent priorities by the Myrtle Rust Strategic Science Advisory Group in 2017 after the discovery of the disease in Aotearoa. More reports coming soon!

Beyond Myrtle Rust

Beyond Myrtle Rust is a $13 million, five-year collaborative research programme into the behaviour, ecology and impacts of the disease in New Zealand.

Myrtle Rust Science Symposium

Almost 100 stakeholders attended the 2019 Myrtle Rust Science Symposium in Auckland, 9-10 September, where they discussed the latest research progress, heard what's happening on the ground to manage myrtle rust and action going forward.