Webinar: Catch up on myrtle rust research

Native guava is under threat from myrtle rust.

Myrtle rust is known to infect close to 400 species of the Myrtaceae plant family in Australia, with a range of impact from minor to devastating. In the latter category is the rainforest tree native guava (Rhodomyrtus psidioides). However, collective action provides hope for future recovery.

An upcoming webinar, jointly hosted by BGANZ Collections and Records Management Group (BCARM) and the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC), with speakers from the ANPC and the Australian Seed Bank Partnership (ASBP), will report on two recent projects directed at saving this and other species from imminent extinction.

You will hear from Bob Makinson and Amelia Martyn Yenson (ANPC) about the impact of myrtle rust on native guava and take the first look at a new video on the collaborative action providing hope in the face of rapid decline. This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government.

We’ll also hear from Bradley Desmond (Acting National Coordinator, ASBP) about an inventory of priority Myrtaceae species held in ex-situ collections across Australia and New Zealand. The Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens (CHABG) and BGANZ undertook the first country-wide stocktake of Myrtaceae insurance populations, to understand the ex-situ representation of this myrtle-rust-affected family, and inform strategic planning, management and research.

Find out more

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 19 from 1pm-2.30pm (AEDT). To be part of the free webinar use this link to join the Teams-based webinar on March 19 CLICK HERE.

Or catch up on Youtube after the event where you can also hear Peter Symes from Cooktown Botanic Gardens in Queensland talking about the history and environment of Cooktown Botanic Gardens and its links with Daniel Solander and James Cook. FOLLOW THIS LINK.

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