Myrtle rust fears after Te Kuiti nursery tests
The tree killing Myrtle rust disease has been discovered in a nursery in Te Kuiti.
The discovery was made when the Ministry for Primary Industries traced sales of plants from another nursery that tested positive.
Restrictions on the movement of risk goods from the property have been put in place so they can be treated for fungicide.
Surrounding areas continue to be searched and senior adviser, Lesley Patson confirmed no plants had been traced back to surrounding areas to date but testing was continuing.
A second location in the public gardens in Te Kuiti was confirmed on Monday.
The destructive disease attacks various species of plants in the myrtle family including pohutukawa, rata, manuka, gum, bottlebrush and feijoa.
There has now been more than 20 discoveries of the disease in Taranaki, three in Northland and two in Waikato.
To date the rust has been found on seedlings of Pohutukawa, eucalyptus, manuka, Ramarama and Syzygium smithii. It has not been observed on feijoa as yet. People can report any suspected signs of myrtle rust by calling 0800 80 99 66.
Brent Rogan of the Ministry for Primary Industries NZ checks for myrtle rust.