Myrtle rust is a serious fungal disease attacking plants of the Myrtaceae (Myrtle) family, including many important native New Zealand species. It was detected on mainland New Zealand in May 2017 and is now found across the North Island.
The growth and spread of the disease continues to accelerate. It is still an unwanted organism in New Zealand. It is expected all nurseries growing Myrtaceae plants will follow and use the NZPPI Myrtle Rust Protocols.