NZPPI ramps up myrtle rust action

Jacinta Harrop of Striks Nursery in Otaki has joined NZPPI as a new special program adviser. Jacinta is working for NZPPI one day a week and will initially focus on organizing a series of workshops on the Myrtle Rust Climate Model app and updated disease protocols.

Jacinta Harrop, NZPPI

The suite of tools and information to help plant nurseries manage myrtle rust was released in summer, including the app to enable plant producers to anticipate when myrtle rust is most likely to develop in their nurseries and implement prevention practices. The model sits under an overarching Plant Disease Management Platform on the NZPPI website.

Jacinta works for Striks as a horticultural technician and is also studying for her Bachelor of Agriscience at Massey University. She was a Young Achiever finalist last year and came third overall. She said at the time: "Whether you have a passion for regenerative planting, plant tissue culture labs, houseplants, flowers, or the home garden, you can find something that suits you in the plant production industry."

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