Myrtle Rust Alert!

Myrtle rust has been detected in Northland, Taranaki and Waikato. MPI has instigated an incursion response.

It is a serious fungal disease that affects plants in the myrtle family, which includes pohutukawa and manuka.

Myrtle rust is readily spread by wind and can be transported on clothing, vehicles and equipment.

Plant producers and our industry partners have an essential part to play in being on the lookout for symptoms and early reporting to MPI.

This is exemplified by the Kerikeri nursery owner who made the report to MPI. He has done exactly the right thing and is applauded for making such a prompt notification. He has the full support of the industry.

NZPPI Guidance

NZPPI Myrtle Rust Risk Management Protocolss

The NZPPI Myrtle Rust Risk Management Protocols have been developed for use by plant producers, production nurseries and garden retailers.

They provide a framework of supply chain biosecurity protocols for industry members to ensure the risk of our businesses becoming infected or distributing myrtle rust is managed to the best of our ability.

By following the NZPPI protocols industry members will be meeting the requirements set out in MPI’s legal direction, and NZPPI has worked with MPI to confirm this.

They comprise:

Other materials

Myrtle Rust Links

Myrtle rust on pohutukawa in Kerikeri

Myrtle rust on Lophomyrtus in Waitara

If you think you have seen this fungus call MPI’s Exotic Pests and Diseases hotline - 0800 80 99 66.
Take a photo - do not attempt to touch or collect samples as this may increase the spread of this disease.

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New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) formed late in July 2016 and is now well underway. It's an opportunity for plant producers and our industry partners to shape and grow an industry body with an influential voice that delivers value to our businesses.

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