One or the other, take your pick, the Herald has no idea

Rebecca Quilliam is usually a “decent journalist, trained and skilled” but she let one past the keeper yesterday:



For the record PSA is a bacterial infection…so she was right the first time:

Pseudomonas syringae is a rod shaped, Gram-negative bacterium with polar flagella. It is a plant pathogen which can infect a wide range of plant species, and exists as over 50 different pathovars, all of which are available to researchers via international culture collections such as the NCPPB, ICMP, and others. It is unclear whether these pathovars represent a single species.


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  • Shocker.

  • blazer

    plenty of Italian kiwifruit available in NZ supermarkets atm…!

  • Jimmie

    I think that there may be a bacterial protozic virus floating around the Herald newsroom which manifests itself in their high quality of gurnalism displayed for all to to see.

  • Agent BallSack

    This is why Peter Davis is not allowed back in to the USA. They’re terrified of Kiwi Fruit disease.

  • johnbronkhorst

    So they know where it came from, but not how it got into the country!..Does however beg the questions.
    1. Where was all the shouting about the bee mite in around 2001? Or was that a labour govt.
    2. Why, when warned and offered, didn’t the growers plant the PSA RESISTANT kiwi fruit vines?

    • Gazzaw

      John, I recall the excuse for the introduction of verro mite quite clearly.. The story was that it ‘probably’ arrived in infected honey in a tourist’s backpack who ‘probably’ left the open empty jar where NZ bees could consume the remains. The explanation did not exactly smack of an intensive investigation. Dydimo weed arrived in Southland rivers in 2004 under a labour administration.