Disinfection Mats Save New Zealand Native Kauri Tree
UPDATED 9 January 2017
UPDATED 11 August 2016
The New Zealand native Kauri tree is amongst the worlds most magnificant trees- true giants of the forest that typically living for 1,000-2,000 years. But they are in danger as they fight to stay alive against ‘Kauri Dieback’ disease. Kauri Dieback is a fungus-like plant pathogen Phytophthora Taxon Agathis (PTA) made up of microscopic spores that live in soil.
It is easily spread from infected areas with footwear, wildlife, bikes, vehicles and outdoor equipment all being capable of carrying the Kauri Dieback disease to healthy areas of Kauri forest.
The New Zealand Department of Conservation is being vigilant to prevent the spread of the disease by creating biosecurity checkpoints around infected areas.
Sweetmat Disinfection Mats are being used at these checkpoints alongside other biosecurity measures.
The public simply walk over the mat containing the disinfectant solution (Trigene Advance) as they enter or leave the area of forest and prevent the disease being spread further until a cure can be found allowing continued enjoyment of the native forest without further spread of the disease.
Because our mats use 75% less solution than a traditional foot bath less disinfectant product is required making them an economical solution to the problem.
Sweetmat Disinfection Mats come in a range of sizes so there is a size to suit every checkpoint and race event through the native forest.
Our mats are extremely portable and easy to set up and provide a fast method of applying disinfectant that still meets health and safety best practice.
We are pleased to be able to offer a practical solution to a very real problem.