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Myrtle rust found in Te Puke

Myrtle rust found in Te Puke

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27 Oct 21 Biosecurity News

Myrtle rust found in Te Puke

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has confirmed the presence of the myrtle rust plant disease at a residential property in Te Puke.

A link to MPI’s media release is available here.

The property location is not being released publicly, but KVH understands it is close to kiwifruit orchards. In this area, harvest is likely to be complete.
Myrtle rust is a fungal infection that can travel long distances in the wind and attacks plants of the Myrtaceae family. It doesn’t affect kiwifruit but could affect iconic New Zealand plants like pōhutukawa, kānuka, mānuka and rātā, as well as commercially-grown species such as eucalyptus, guava and feijoa. Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit vines this is an important and timely reminder for all growers to look out for symptoms on Myrtaceae trees and shrubs around your orchard and in gardens.
Look for:
  • bright yellow powdery eruptions appearing on the underside of the leaf (young infection)
  • bright yellow powdery eruptions on both sides of the leaf (mature infection)
  • brown/grey rust pustules (older spores) which can appear on older lesions
  • buckled or twisted leaves which may die off
If you see any of these symptoms call MPI immediately on 0800 80 99 66. Take a photo but don’t touch or take samples as this might increase spread of the disease.


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