Myrtle Rust found in Otorohanga, New Zealand

Myrtle rust has been found on two properties in the Otorohanga township.

In both cases it was found on a single ramarama tree. These finds are new positive detections of myrtle rust outside of the known established areas in Taranaki and Te Puke. MPI says these new detections do not have any connection with nurseries or other infected properties in Taranaki.

Industry Vigilance Essential
These detections serve to remind us that as we head into spring and warmer temperatures, industry members have an important role to play in early detection of new rust infections and in helping limit its spread. Plant producers, nurseries and retailers are urged to continue surveillance, crop inspections and the use of NZPPI myrtle rust management protocols.

Within a fortnight, NZPPI will be providing a substantive update on the myrtle rust response and what plant producers and industry partners can expect as we head into the active spring period for myrtle rust.

source: New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated

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