The news that Myrtle Rust may have made it's way to New Zealand has me turned to gather research on the particular subject. I usually gather most plant/soil/nature research from various sources, but I do find myself turning to the vast amount of info that has usually been collected and organised under the label Permaculture. Along with my own experience as a landscaper/designer I find myself battling with (but also embracing) permacultural attitudes and concepts on invasives vs exotics etc and natural soil amendments and natural design to various problems encountered in the landscape. Basically, I'm continually researching to 'confirm my own bias' that nature just does it better. So the news that this 'invasive disease' has made its way to NZ has me stumped. The fact that it could (possibly) do some serious damage to some of our most cherished native flora such as Metrosideros excelsa (NZ xmas tree) is pretty worrying, but also interesting to me as to why it happens. Upon reading up on the pathogen, it supposedly originates from south America and made its way to Australia in 2010, so a lot of the readers of the site should know it well and have possibly dealt with it. Basically, I am after any/all information on the subject and most of all I want to try and understand the great proverbial 'why'. It has nothing to do with the soil, a lot of nz mytle family trees have been growing here forever obviously, yet here comes this invasive, blown in, and it could simply destroy well established native flora. It doesn't make any sense when thinking about diseases from a soil amendment or an unfit/poorly designed environment perspective. Are there really just 'bad ass' diseases out there that come to destroy? How can we use nature to combat such things? Are these plants going to just have to be treated for the rest of their lives to keep them alive? Is nature basically going to have to be on lock down to prevent the spread of such diseases? Thanks in advance for any sources and further reading/information.