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Kiwifruit disease plagues New Zealand

Posted by feww on November 15, 2010

At least 13 kiwifruit orchards covering 500 hectares infected

Outbreak of a bacterial disease is destroying New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry, with an estimated turnover of NZ$1.5 billion [$1.1 billion.]

Italian orchards have been devastated by PSA in the past two seasons. Photo: Stuff NZ. Image may be subject to copyright.

The pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) bacteria has been found on at least 13 major orchards, covering 500 hectares, in the Bay of Plenty, an area which produces about 80 percent of the country’s crop, according to reports.

Colonization of vascular tissues by Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae can result in foliar wilting at the beginning of the season (A. chinensis cv. Hort 16 A). Courtesy: Plant Protection Service of Emilia-Romagna region (IT). Source and more images.

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease on top of the PSA could spell the economical collapse of the toxic country.

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