canada_dry (830702) writes "A disease that affects kiwi fruit has been spreading across New Zealand and Italy (the top producers of the hairy and nutritious fruit). This relatively new disease "psa-v" was first detected 20 years ago however it has become significantly more virulent in the last 5 years and is now appearing in almost every kiwi crop. Recent studies (May 2011 http://www.kvh.org.nz/vdb/document/163) indicate there is concern about the future of the fruit. It seems that the current treatments of chemicals and antibiotics has been unsuccessful. Indications are that the disease originates from China (http://www.ruralnewsgroup.co.nz/rural-news/rural-general-news/china-likely-source-of-psa-v?ml=1). More information is available on the kiwi growers website: http://www.kvh.org.nz/"
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