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Wednesday
Aug012018

STOP PRESS! Myrtle Rust at Two Coromandel Peninsula Locations

Teresa Ramsay has a story on today's Stuff page regardingf the discovery of two Myrtle rust sites on the Coromandel - one at Colville on private property, and at the TCDC office site in Whitianga that will no doubt be repeated in Friday's HH

This is very disturbing given our trelationship to the Pohutakawa. But as you will be aware - that is just the beginning of the potential damage to a whole family of trees both in this District and elsewhere.

The real test will come in spring and anyone who has concerns should take photos - not remove any plant material about which they have concerns, and refer them to the DPI through their disease hot-line 0800 80 99 66.

 

 

 

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I was talking to a Nurseryman in Waipa a couple of weeks ago. He told me that MPI had culled 10,000 of his trees the previous year due to Myrtle Rust infestation and this year they asked him to stop reporting it - they have given up trying to prevent it, its here to stay. All we can do now is plant as many replacement trees as possible and hope for some genetic resistance.

August 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBJ

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