|RFx ID :||20318943|
|Tender Name :||An Interactive Key for Myrtaceae|
|Reference # :||O - 405750|
|Open Date :||Tuesday, 23 October 2018 4:30 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)|
|Close Date :||Tuesday, 20 November 2018 2:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)|
|Tender Type :||Request for Proposals (RFP)|
|Tender Coverage :||Sole Agency [?]|
|Required Pre-qualifications :||None|
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The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has a role in protecting the primary sectors and the environment from biological risk through biosecurity surveillance and incursion response to invasive pests and pathogens. Austropuccinia psidii (Myrtle rust) is a fungal pathogen affecting trees and plants in the Myrtaceae (Myrtle) family. This disease is a threat to New Zealand’s many ecologically, culturally, and socially high-value and iconic Myrtle species such as the iconic pōhutakawa (Metrosideros excelsa) and rātā trees (Metrosideros spp.), and their associated flora, fauna, ecosystems and ecosystem services.
MPI requires a supplier to develop an easy to use interactive Myrtle species field identification key to help with the accurate identification of important species within the Myrtle family that grow in New Zealand. This would be both web-based and in the form of a mobile application for deployment onto smartphone devices.
This is an opportunity for a capable research provider to actively contribute to a tool that can be used by individuals without access to high-level botanical expertise or technical literature (citizen scientists) to support ongoing surveillance, monitoring, research of myrtle rust outbreaks and its impacts over time.