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Identification of rust fungi in Australia a century after McAlpine

McTaggart, A. R., Beasley, D. R., Kruse, J., Drenth, A. and Shivas, R. G. (2019) Identification of rust fungi in Australia a century after McAlpine. In: Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference APPS 2019 Strong Foundations, Future Innovations, 25-28 November 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

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Daniel McAlpine’s The Rusts of Australia: Their structure, nature and classification, published in 1906, has been the first point of contact for plant pathologists to identify rust fungi in Australia. Changes in taxonomy, new introductions and new discoveries have outdated this key reference. In order to update these changes, we developed a publicly available interactive online identification guide (Lucid) for the Australian rust fungi - collections.daff.qld.gov.au/web/key/rustfungi/. The guide is dynamic in that taxa can be added and renamed in line with changing taxonomies. Molecular barcodes were provided for most taxa featured on this website, including reference DNA sequences of many exotic taxa. In the course of this study, we have sequenced and assembled genomes of five endemic rust fungi, including a close relative of the introduced and established Austropuccinia psidii (myrtle rust), as well as rust taxa unique to the Southern Hemisphere. These genomic data will complement studies on model rust fungi and comparative studies on rust fungi that have evolved in rainforest habitats.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Subjects:Science > Botany > Genetics
Plant pests and diseases
Plant pests and diseases > Plant pathology
Live Archive:10 Dec 2019 00:28
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:45

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