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0 Comments 23 December 2015

Myrtle rust  – could arrive via wind from Oz

The kids can help out with this while they’re playing outside.  Maybe a reward if they see it ???

Myrtle RustA strong, blustery westerly wind could blow a new significant pest over the Tasman Sea and infect our native Myrtaceae species (Pohutukaw).   Please help us get ready!

Myrtle rust (Puccinia psidii) is a fungus that attacks the new growth leaves, shoots and flowers of native Myrtaceae species (our Pohutukawa) and also the introduced eucalyptus, guava and feijoa.

This fungus is NOT in New Zealand yet, but has spread and established on Australia’s east coast.

If you see ‘myrtle rust’ in New Zealand:

  • Do not touch it
  • Take a photo if possible
  • Contact the Ministry for Primary Industries immediately on Pest and Disease Hotline 0800 80 99 66.

Auckland Council Information Advice Myrtle Rust May 2014

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