Myrtle rust update – Friday 26 May 2017

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Media contact: MPI media team

Telephone: 029 894 0328

Email: media@mpi.govt.nz

The number of properties infected with myrtle rust nationally stands at 21 – an increase of one from yesterday.

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

The stats stand at: 17 properties in Taranaki, 3 in Northland and 1 in Waikato.

To date, the rust has been found on seedlings of pōhutukawa, Lophomyrtus bullata (Ramarama), eucalyptus and a single instance each of mānuka and Syzygium smithii. It has not been observed on feijoa as yet.

Note: Unless there is a significant development, there will be no updates issued over the weekend.

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