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Preparing for Myrtle Rust in WA …

Myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) is a serious pathogen which has a myriad of hosts among Australian native and industry plant species. As of the end of 2020, the pathogen hasn’t ben found in Western Australia (WA), despite there being suitable habitat for its establishment. The current strategy in WA regarding myrtle rust is to ‘keep […]

Myrtle Rust in Western Australia: surveillance plan and testing preparedness (PBSF035)

Project Leader Dr Mariana Campos, Murdoch University Status ACTIVE Background Myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) is a serious pathogen which has a myriad of hosts among Australian native and industry plant species. This pathogen has not yet been detected in Western Australia (WA), despite there being suitable habitat for its establishment. The current strategy in WA […]

2021 ‘International Year of Fruit and Vegetables’ Queensland DAF Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science Competition (PBSF032)

Project Leader, Organisation Kerrie Rubie, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Status Contracting Background The Queensland DAF Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science Competition offers engaging ways for students to gain understanding and skills in key areas identified within the Australian Science Curriculum.  Encouraging the next generation of people who will be involved in agriculture […]

Expanding mrytle rust training at K’gari – so important in the context of the current wildfire.

Building on PBSF012, Geoff Pegg has continued his training in partnership with the Butchulla Land and Sea Rangers (BLSR) to extended the modules to Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) staff and community rangers including Landcare groups from Hervey Bay and Sunshine Coast (Gubbi Gubbi). Additionally, training in myrtle rust assessment and monitoring has been […]

Can RNAi vaccine provide a novel control option for myrtle rust?

A new Foundation project led by Dr Anne Sawyer of the University of Queensland is looking at exactly this question. The early stage, proof of concept project will address Objective 4.3 of the National Myrtle Rust Action plan, focusing on two High Priority Species Decaspermum humile and Syzygium hodgkinsoniae. We hope this project may ultimately […]

Geoff Pegg leads the way in increasing capacity of Traditional Owners (TO) to detect, monitor and report priority environmental exotic plant pest and disease threats in a World Heritage Area

Dr Geoff Pegg, recently named ‘Environmental Biosecurity Award’ winner in the 2020 National Biosecurity Awards, has just completed a wonderful project with the Butchulla Land and Sea Rangers. The project increased their biosecurity capacity, and developed a number of training modules that can be adapted for other training groups. ‘Protecting our native environments, and the […]

Preparing for the spotted lanternfly …

The planthopper, spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula: SLF), is an emerging pest of agricultural, urban and environmental biosecurity concern, attacking over 70 plant species. It recently spread from its native range of China, Vietnam & India into South Korea, Japan, and the northeastern US and is considered a significant ecological and economic threat to ornamental plants, forests […]

Exploration of RNAi vaccines as a novel control for Myrtle Rust in critically endangered Australian taxa (PBSF034)

Project Leader, Organisation Anne Sawyer, University of Queensland Status ACTIVE Background Objective 4.3 of the National Myrtle Rust Action Plan (MRAP) is to explore methods for resistance and control. Controls for agricultural pathogens e.g. resistant cultivars or fungicides, are inapplicable against myrtle rust in natural environments. RNA interference (RNAi) vaccines are an emerging crop protection […]