Sites wanted for industry Phytophthora survey
KVH is interested in hearing from growers who would like to be included in the industry survey of Phytophthora pathogens in kiwifruit orchards throughout New Zealand. Participating in the survey helps improve industry knowledge of what pathogens we currently have in kiwifruit orchards which improves our preparedness for future biosecurity incursions.
Thank you to all those who have responded to interest in previous Bulletins and offered to take part.
This spring a further 25 sites from the Northland, Auckland, Edgecumbe, East Cape/Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay regions are planned to be sampled as part of this two-year project.
Spring is a perfect time for sampling as Phytophthora thrive in wet conditions after periods of rain, so planning is to begin sampling at the end of October.
Any growers interested in being included in this survey or who would like to know more about this programme can contact KVH at [email protected].
Sampling includes the collection of root and soil material, and leaves, from four vines. Both healthy and symptomatic vines are included.
More information is available here.