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Myrtle rust – a new threat to Western Australia’s biodiversity

Myrtle Rust examples

A one-day course on Myrtle rust recognition, reporting, risk assessment, and management concepts and techniques.

Numbers at each location will be capped – early registration is advised. Registration closes 13 May 2013.

Full venue details will be sent individually to all registrants – or watch this website.

Workshop dates and locations

Date Location Time

20 May 2013


10:00am - 4:00pm

21 May 2013


9:00am - 3:00pm

22 May 2013


10:00am - 4:00pm

24 May 2013


10:00am - 4:00pm

What you will get

These one-day events will present a comprehensive summary of what is known of this new threat to Australia’s biodiversity, the knowledge gaps, and management options.

The emphasis will be on wild-plant conservation, but there will also be information relevant for people from the horticulture, forestry, and bush-products sectors who wish to know more about Myrtle Rust, how to monitor for it, and where to find information on the control measures available for horticultural sites and suppliers. The day will also include workshop sessions to assist you to think about regional priorities, and options for changes to work practices for your sector.

Myrtle Rust is a fungal disease of plants that has recently arrived in eastern Australia. It can attack many species in the myrtle family (Myrtaceae). In the last year it has infected close to 200 native species, including lillypillies, tea-trees, peppermint, and some eucalypts, among many others. This plant family contains 10% of all Australia’s native plant species, is dominant in many Australian ecosystems, and is important in forestry, commercial and home horticulture, and the bush food and medicine industry. Myrtle Rust has not yet arrived in Western Australia.

This course will provide comprehensive information on the disease, and help you to:

  • recognize the disease in the field and in cultivation
  • identify species and ecological communities at risk
  • decide what to monitor before and if the disease arrives
  • assess the risks and consequences of spreading the disease, and how to avoid doing so.

ANPC presenter:  Bob Makinson (Conservation Botanist - Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney)

Measures in WA to minimise the risk of Myrtle rust being introduced

The Department of Agriculture and Food WA has implemented interim measures under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 to minimise the risk of Myrtle rust being introduced into WA. See Pest alert - Myrtle rust.

Costs (GST-inclusive)

Thanks to sponsors and pre-paid arrangements, people in the following categories (only) do not need to pay, but MUST pre-register using the registration form.

  • Staff of Department of Environment and Conservation – FREE
  • Staff of Department of Agriculture and Food – FREE
  • Staff of Forest Products Commission – FREE

Other attendees: (fees include GST)

  • $50.00 ANPC members
  • $60.00 for individual and community-group attendees
  • $100.00 for government, semi-government and commercial organisations

Workshop fees cover: trainer experienced in Myrtle Rust, a detailed workbook, venue costs, morning and afternoon tea, lunch.


To register, download the registration form.

Presented by the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. (ANPC) in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust (Sydney), the Department of Environment & Conservation, the Department of Agriculture & Food and the Forest Products Commission with the support of the Bjarne K Dahl Trust.

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More info:  contact

Bob Makinson 0457 722 583, email bob.makinson@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au or
Ian Dumbrell, Department of Agriculture and Food WA, 08 9780 6270 email ian.dumbrell@agric.wa.gov.au