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Plant-killing diseases threaten wattle - Herald Sun

Plant-killing diseases threaten wattle - Herald Sun | Plant Pests - Global Travellers | Scoop.it

Herald Sun; NEWS.com.au

Plant-killing disease Myrtle rust is known as the foot and mouth disease of the plant world. It belongs to a group of fungi known as the ‘guava rust complex’. Myrtle rust can affect plants belonging to the family Myrtaceae, which includes many Australian native species including Eucalyptus.


AUSTRALIA'S floral emblem is under threat from a variety of plant-killing diseases incubating overseas, scientists say. Myrtle rust attacks the gum family of plants, or Myrtaceae, which include about 2500 species. Myrtle rust was detected in Victoria in January 2012, having taken less than two years to colonise the rest of the east coast of mainland Australia. It may prove to be one of the most calamitous environmental pests of the century...

The fungus that causes Myrtle rust has not been found before in Australia. This complex of diseases is native to South America and is also present in the United States of America (Florida and Hawaii) and Mexico. It is not known how this disease entered Australia, however, rust fungi produce microscopic spores which are easily carried by wind current, on people’s clothing, on plants or on goods that are shipped around the world.

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Australia, China join on global food security | CRC for Plant Biosecurity

Australia, China join on global food security | CRC for Plant Biosecurity | Plant Pests - Global Travellers | Scoop.it

The Australian Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity has developed memoranda of understanding with two leading Chinese science agencies and a university to mount joint research programs aimed at curbing losses of grain and other vital crops to insects, fungi and plant diseases.

Australia has been recognised as a world leader in dealing with insect pests in stored grain and has particular skills in developing clean, green approaches to grain hygiene. At the other side, building a greater understanding of the import requirements for Australian produce (as they apply to plant biosecurity) which will assist grains and horticulture industries develop further markets in China.

The cooperation in diagnostics and trials, as well as sharing of technical expertise and models of leadership in Australia and Indonesia are based on a CRC Plant Biosecurity project dealing with "A community based model to manage emergency plant pests" ($1,431,310; cash and in-kind contributions).

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