13 Oct 2020

Researching refuges to protect myrtle trees from rust disease

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:27 pm on 13 October 2020

Manaaki Whenua researchers have been looking at how to predict where myrtle trees can grow without being exposed to pathogens that cause the rust disease.

James McCarthy's been leading the project and he talks to Jesse about finding what they call, refugia, to grow the trees so they don't get the disease.

Myrtle rust, James McCarthy (R)

Myrtle rust, James McCarthy (R) Photo: Rowan Buxton and Peter de Lange