Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Project Crimson Asks Kiwis To Fight Against Myrtle Rust

Project Crimson Asks Kiwis To Support The Fight Against Myrtle Rust
For the first time in Project Crimson’s 27 year history, the Trust has temporarily halted the planting and distributing of any pohutukawa or rata trees and is asking New Zealanders to follow their lead.
New Zealanders are being encouraged to support Project Crimson as the charitable trust investigates ways to respond to the discovery of the deadly fungus myrtle rust on pohutukawa in New Zealand.

Myrtle rust is a fungal disease which can severely debilitate or even kill various species of native and introduced plants in the myrtle family, including pohutukawa and rata and has been identified in 32 locations in Northland, Taranaki and Waikato.

For the first time in Project Crimson’s 27 year history, the Trust has temporarily halted the planting and distributing of any pohutukawa or rata trees and is asking New Zealanders to follow their lead. Says Project Crimson Trustee, Dr Gordon Hosking “We are asking Kiwis to help by not planting pohutukawa or rata trees for the remainder of the 2017 planting season (this varies by region but is typically until mid-Spring). Because myrtle rust becomes dormant over winter infected plants may not show symptoms until spring so this gives us more time to understand the impact myrtle rust is going to have on pohutukawa and rata, and also prevent people from unwittingly spreading this serious fungal disease further.”

Project Crimson has planted hundreds of thousands of pohutukawa and rata trees since it was established in 1990 and has played a major role in turning around the health of the species after it was discovered that pohutukawa was perilously close to extinction in parts of Northland. Myrtle rust is the most critical threat to pohutukawa and rata Project Crimson has seen since then.

“We have a number of initiatives in train to assist in the response to myrtle rust, including commissioning research into the likely extent of damage to pohutukawa and rata by myrtle rust, and into varieties in the existing population that may be resistant to it; and helping New Zealanders to regularly check pohutukawa and rata in their neighbourhood or on their land as a form of citizen science, by providing guidance on how to do this. What we don’t have though is a huge amount of financial resource to undertake this. We’re calling to corporates, and concerned Kiwis to help us fund this appeal.”

A Givealittle page has been set up to help support Project Crimson’s efforts to undertake their response to myrtle rust and fund research and monitoring tools.

Project Crimson urges New Zealanders to plant other native trees this year and are reminding people that the halt on planting pohutukawa and rata is temporary. “We urge Kiwis to remain committed to planting natives this year, but simply to avoid pohutukawa or rata to give us some time to understand this disease, we really hope to see New Zealanders back out planting pohutukawa next year. With a warming climate and our native birds in decline there has never been a more important time for us to be planting native trees. Please keep planting as many other native trees as you can this year, we just ask you to avoid pohutukawa and rata for the next few months so we can try to protect them for future generations” says Dr Hosking.

While Project Crimson is focused on pohutukawa and rata, the Trust’s work also extends to much larger native planting projects like Trees That Count and Treemendous, and there is no change to any of the Trust’s projects except to temporarily stop pohutukawa and rata, but to carry on planting other native trees.

Anyone believing they have seen myrtle rust on plants in New Zealand should call MPI on 0800 80 99 66. It is very important not to touch the plants or attempt to collect samples as this will spread the disease. MPI’s website also provides useful information for people planting other myrtle-susceptible species, and measures people should take to reduce the risk.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

National: National Backs Businesses With $10k JobStart

National will provide a $10,000 cash payment to businesses that hire additional staff as part of our commitment to keeping New Zealanders in jobs, National Party Leader Todd Muller and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith have announced. Our JobStart ... More>>

ALSO:

DIY Law: Government Exempts Some Home Improvements From Costly Consents

Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector ... More>>

ALSO:

Media Awards: The New Zealand Herald Named Newspaper Of The Year, Website Of The Year At Voyager Media Awards

The New Zealand Herald has been labelled a “powerhouse news operation” as it claims the two biggest prizes – Newspaper of the Year and Website of the Year – along with many individual awards at the 2020 Voyager Media Awards Website of the ... More>>

ALSO:

ASB Bank: ASB Takes The Lead Again With New Low Home Loan Interest Rate

ASB has moved again to support its customers, cutting a number of home loan rates, including the two-year special rate to a new low of 2.69% p.a. Craig Sims, ASB executive general manager Retail Banking says the reduced rate will be welcome news for many ... More>>

ALSO:

Nathan Hoturoa Gray: The Problems With Testing And Case Statistics For Covid-19

To begin to understand disease transmission in a country requires adequate testing of your population with properly vetted, accurate tests. As the world struggles to find what 'adequate percentage' of the population is necessary, (estimates predict ... More>>

ALSO:

RNZ: Fletcher Building To Lay Off 1000 Staff In New Zealand

The construction company will cut around 10 percent of its workforce as it struggles with the fallout from Covid-19. More>>

ALSO:

Can Pay, Won't Pay: Cashflow Moves Urged

Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why We Should Legally Protect The Right To Work From Home

For understandable reasons, the media messaging around Level Two has been all about “freedom” and “celebration”, but this is not necessarily going to be a universal experience. When it comes to workplace relations, Level Two is just as likely to ... More>>

ALSO:



Auckland Airport: Thousands Of Kiwis Travelling For Queen’s Birthday Weekend


Confidence in domestic travel is beginning to steadily ramp up, with thousands of Kiwis travelling within New Zealand for Queen’s Birthday.
Nearly 400 flights will be operating to and from Auckland Airport over the long weekend... More>>

ALSO:

Science Media Centre: Understanding 5G Concerns – Expert Q&A


Recent attacks on cell phone towers have brought concerns over the rollout of 5G technology into sharp relief.
While scientific research has consistently shown that the technology does not adversely affect human health, public concerns about its impact have spread around the world, fueled in part by growing misinformation online. The SMC asked experts to comment... More>>

ALSO:


Trade: Record Monthly Surplus As Imports Dive

Imports in April 2020 had their biggest fall since October 2009, resulting in a monthly trade surplus of $1.3 billion, Stats NZ said today. “This is the largest monthly trade surplus on record and the annual goods trade deficit is the lowest ... More>>

ALSO:


Media Blues: Stuff Chief Executive Buys Company For $1

Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher has purchased Stuff from its Australian owners Nine Entertainment for $1.
The chief executive was returning the company to New Zealand ownership, with the sale is expected to be completed by 31 May.
"Our plan is to transition the ownership of Stuff to give staff a direct stake in the business as shareholders," Boucher said in a statement.... More>>

ALSO:

RNZ: Bar Reopening Night 'much, Much Quieter'

Pubs and bars are reporting a sluggish first day back after the lockdown, with the fear of going out, or perhaps the joy of staying home, thought to be a reason for the low numbers. More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: New Zealand’s Population Passes 5 Million

New Zealand's resident population provisionally reached 5 million in March 2020, Stats NZ said today. More>>

NIWA: Seven Weeks Of Clearing The Air Provides Huge Benefits: Scientist

Seven weeks of lockdown has provided evidence of how pollution can vanish overnight with benefits for the environment and individuals, says NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley. Dr Longley has been monitoring air quality in Auckland, Wellington ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Milestone In Cash Flow Support To SMEs

A significant package of tax reforms will be pushed through all stages in Parliament today to throw a cash flow lifeline to small businesses. More>>

ALSO: