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National Myrtle Rust Workshop
- Implications for ex situ collections

Thursday 10 March 2011

Australia ’s leading plant and fungal scientists joined industry and government agencies at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra in March 2011 to explore options for managing the outbreak of the South American fungal disease, Myrtle rust.

The workshop focused on the threat to botanic gardens but also discussed the broader issue of managing the exotic disease in the Australian bush, national parks and reserves.

What is Myrtle Rust?

Myrtle rust is an introduced fungal disease that affects plants in the Myrtaceae family such as bottle brush, tea tree and eucalypts. It produces large numbers of spores that are easily spread by wind, human activity and animals. Myrtle rust attacks young, soft actively growing leaves, shoot tips, young stems, fruits and flower parts of susceptible plants.

Myrtle Rust in Australia

Myrtle rust first emerged in a central NSW plant nursery in April 2010; within months it had spread to the north and south of the state and into Queensland.

The key outcomes of the workshop

Presentations from the National Myrtle Rust Workshop (all presentations hyperlinked)



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