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Myrtle Rust in Australia – a National Action Plan

Mackinson, B., Pegg, G. S. and Carnegie, A. J. (2020) Myrtle Rust in Australia – a National Action Plan. Australian Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation, 14 pages.



Myrtle Rust, a plant disease caused by the introduced fungal pathogen Austropuccinia psidii, poses a serious and urgent threat to Australia’s native biodiversity. Myrtle Rust affects plant species in the family Myrtaceae (paperbarks, tea-trees, eucalypts, and lillipillies), which are key and often dominant species in many Australian ecosystems. To date it has proved capable of infecting 382 native species and this number is likely to grow. Serious declines towards extinction are underway in some species, and broader ecological consequences are expected. Myrtle Rust is likely to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance protected under national environment law, including listed threatened species and ecological communities, wetlands of international importance, world heritage properties, and national heritage places.

Item Type:Book
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Subjects:Plant pests and diseases
Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection
Live Archive:22 May 2024 05:46
Last Modified:22 May 2024 05:46

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