1998 survey shows Camellia flower blight is widespread in New Zealand

C.H. Taylor, P.G. Long, R.E. Bradshaw
1999 Proceedings of the New Zealand Plant Protection Conference  
The fungus Ciborinia camelliae causes camellia flower blight and is considered the most serious disease of the genus Camellia. The disease spread from Japan to the USA in 1938 and was found in Wellington, New Zealand in 1993. Surveys in 1997 found that the disease was widely distributed in the western, central and lower North Island. A survey of New Zealand in 1998 found that the disease had not spread significantly in the North Island, except for an isolated outbreak in Auckland which was
more » ... t certainly from transfer of infected planting material or contaminated soil. In the South Island, the disease was found in Picton, Nelson, Golden Bay, Blenheim, Kaiapoi and Christchurch. It appears to have been there for at least three years.
doi:10.30843/nzpp.1999.52.11615 fatcat:2iadp7cvnnf5dcrvhllldu2x6a