The Myrtle Rust National Action Plan
The Myrtle Rust National Action Plan has been finalised and is now available here.
Myrtle Rust is a plant disease caused by the introduced fungal pathogen Austropuccinia psidii and it 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 most Australian ecosystems. To date it has proved capable of infecting 382 native species and this number is growing. 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 sites, and national heritage places.
We have written to the Minister for the Environment, the Honourable Sussan Ley, asking her to take responsibility for implementing the plan, and offering our support.
The Draft Action Plan, funded by the Plant Biosecurity CRC and the National Environmental Science Program, was released in mid-2018. Since then the Australian Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation has sought feedback on the plan and engagement with the relevant government agencies on its finalisation and, most importantly its implementation.
In the meantime, the Foundation will continue to build on the work of the PBCRC: so far we have made nine project investments addressing Myrtle Rust in Australia.
The Myrtle Rust in Australia: National Action Plan can be downloaded (screen version) or booklet printable version here.
The Action Plan is supported by Myrtle Rust reviewed: The impacts of the invasive plant pathogen Austropuccinia psidii on the Australian environment (R.O. Makinson 2018), a valuable resource to be read in conjunction with the National Action Plan.
For further information on the Plan, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.