The New Zealand Department of Conservation is using Sweetmat Disinfection Mats to help prevent the spread of Kauri dieback disease.
The New Zealand native kauri tree is amongst the world’s most magnificent trees, true giants of the forest that typically live for between 1,000 and 2,000 years. But they are fighting to stay alive against Kauri Dieback disease. Kauri dieback is a fungus-like plant pathogen Phytophthora Taxon Agathis (PTA), which is easily spread from infected areas with footwear, wildlife, bikes, vehicles and outdoor equipment, all being capable of carrying the dieback disease to healthy areas of 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 many of these checkpoints alongside other biosecurity measures.
The public simply walk over the mat containing the disinfectant solution as they enter or leave the area of forest and prevent the disease being spread further. Because Sweetmats 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. The mats are totally portable and easy to set up and provide a fast method of applying disinfectant that still meets health and safety best practice.
Shoof Internatonal are pleased to be able to offer Sweetmats as a practical solution to a very real problem.