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One more case of myrtle rust

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/05/2017
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The national total of properties affected by myrtle rust has risen by one to 21.

In a final update before the weekend the Ministry for Primary Industries reiterates the rust has not yet been found in feijoa.

It has been found on seedlings of pohutukawa, ramarama, eucalyptus and a single instance each of manuka and lilly pilly.

The affected properties are a mix of nurseries, private gardens, retailers/distributors and an orchard.

Three properties are in Northland, one in Waikato and the rest in Taranaki.

The ministry has previously said it was 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.

The fungal plant disease was first found at a Kerikeri nursery in early May.

Myrtle rust attacks native trees, such as pohutukawa and rata, and could cause serious damage to manuka trees, used in honey production.

There is no known method for controlling it in the wild, other than applying fungicide in very small areas.

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