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Biosecurity Update - Myrtle Rust

Myrtle rust is a serious fungal disease that affects plants in the Myrtaceae family, such as rose apple (lilly pilly), tea tree and bottle brush. Because it is a new disease to Australia, we don't yet know its full host range.

It is now widely spread in South East Queensland but recent detections have been confirmed on the Fraser Coast, in Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton. Myrtle rust has also been detected at nurseries in Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach and Chinchilla.

Myrtle rust can not be eradicated and will continue to spread because it produces thousands of spores that are easily spread by wind, human activity and animals.

Though we can't get rid of it, we can limit its spread, manage its impact and carry out research to discover its full host range and seek long-term solutions.

Greenstock Nurseries continutes to follow the Myrtle Rust Management Plan, developed by NGIQ. All plant stock received at Greenstock Nurseries must be brought into Quarantine and inspected for the disease.

For more information - click on Myrtle Rust - DPI website on our Links page.