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In the early 1950s, a sort of black-mildew-blight was found on the manuka plants in South Canterbury.  Farmers (remember Rabbit Calicivirus?) quickly began to spread it.

 

Reading between the lines, I think the beekeeping community was somewhat split between "Don't kill our significant honey producer!" and "Maybe those hillsides could be clover, too!" over the issue.  I haven't come across many unambiguous statements of industry position...

 

 

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