Dutch Elm disease efforts 1994
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From Forest health News 36, October 1994.
A further major effort will be made against Dutch elm disease this season in Auckland. Last season the number of detected locations was down to 10 from 21 in 1992-93, so there is a strong indication we are winning. In the 1994-95 season we will again be conducting three detection surveys of over 12,000 elm locations, which hopefully will give the disease little chance to spread to other elms. Again it will be a well-organised combined effort by MOF, FRI and the Auckland cities.
It is considered that the Dutch elm disease that was detected and treated in Napier has been eradicated.
- A review is being undertaken to update the Memorandum of Understanding between MOF and MAF. There is considerable liaison between the two Departments in the quarantine area and this has been increased with the threat from Asian Gypsy Moth.
- MOF Quarantine staff are being issued with an updated register of information on Export Phytosanitary Requirements for a long list of overseas countries.
- A study is being made to compare the powers and procedures for disease prevention under the Forest Act and the Bio Security Act.
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