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Myrtle rust properties increase to 20

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/05/2017
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Three more properties in Taranaki have been infested with myrtle rust, taking the national total to 20.

The three properties are private gardens, the Ministry for Primary Industries said on Thursday.

The geographic break-down of locations is 16 in Taranaki, three in Northland and one in Waikato.

As well as private gardens, they include nurseries, retailers/distributors and an orchard .

To date, the plant disease has been found on pohutukawa, lophomyrtus, eucalyptus and a single instance each of manuka and Syzgimum smithii, MPI says.

It has not yet been been seen on feijoa trees.

The ministry says it is receiving unprecedented support from the public, with more than 450 reports of suspected symptoms.

It is encouraging people to look for signs of myrtle rust, including in the South Island.

It says many common garden plants are members of the myrtle family and any new growth is susceptible.

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