25 May 2017

Myrtle rust numbers continue to climb

6:10 pm on 25 May 2017

The number of properties around the country infected with myrtle rust now stands at 20.

Myrtle Rust has been found in a plant nursery in Taranaki.

Myrtle rust Photo: Supplied

Sixteen are in Taranaki, three in Northland and one in Waikato.

The Ministry for Primary Industries said the affected sites were a mix of nurseries, private gardens, retailers, distributors and an orchard.

The rust has so far been found on pōhutukawa, ramarama, mānuka, eucalyptus and monkey apple.

The ministry said it was getting unprecedented support from members of the public in its effort to control the disease, with well over 450 reports of suspected symptoms to its 0800 number.

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