Myrtle Rust

In April 2010 Myrtle rust was detected in Australia in the Central Coast area of New South Wales (NSW). A national response was agreed to and a comprehensive surveillance and management program was initiated across NSW. By November 2010 more than 140 infected premises had been identified across NSW culminating in the disease being detected in Queensland in on the 27 December 2010. There is now no prospect of eradicating it completely.

On 22 December 2010 December the Myrtle Rust National Management Group agreed the disease was not technically feasible to eradicate. Due to the impact the disease could have across Australia it was further agreed to implement a structured management plan to limit the establishment of the pathogen within industries and the natural environment.

Management Plan

The Australian Nursery and Garden Industry has developed a Myrtle Rust Management Plan (Version 2; February 2012) to assist the Australian Nursery Industry manage Myrtle Rust on ALL plants from the Myrtaceae family.

This Myrtle Rust Management Plan has been developed for use by production nurseries and retailers of greenlife including garden centres, greenlife markets (wholesalers), big box hardware, supermarkets, chain stores, etc. The plan was developed and written by Queensland Nursery Industry Development Manager Mr. John McDonald.

The plan provides a detailed framework for growers and retailers to apply on-site in the management of Myrtle rust on plants from the Myrtaceae family. It is recommended that the industry apply this plan to all plants from the Myrtaceae family, not only those that have been currently identified as hosts.

The development of this industry specific Myrtle Rust Management Plan is in direct response to the agreed national position in which the industry participated in developing. As a professional and responsible industry it is appropriate that all growers, wholesalers and retailers apply the relevant strategies to manage Myrtle rust as described in this plan.

If you require assistance in the implementation of the Australian Nursery Industry Myrtle Rust Management Plan, please contact your State/Territory Nursery & Garden Industry Association.

Myrtle rust is a notifiable disease in all Australian jurisdictions requiring any detection of the disease be reported to the relevant state or territory biosecurity agency within 24 – 48 hours or by calling the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline: 1800 084 881

For further information on whole of property biosecurity in the nursery industry including on-farm programs such as BioSecure HACCP and the Biosecurity Manual for the Nursery Production industry visit the Biosecurity Section under the Environment pages on alternatively, contact NGIA on 02 8861 5100 or who can direct you to these resources.

NOTE: The Australian Nursery Industry Myrtle Rust Management Plan is a living document and may be updated periodically as new information arises. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date version – if unsure, refer back to the NGIA website for more information.

Please click on the image to download the Australian Nursery Industry Myrtle Rust Management Plan 2012.