The detailed framework, written by Queensland Nursery Industry Development Manger John McDonald, is aimed at production nurseries and retailers of green life such as garden centres green life markets (wholesalers) big box hardware supermarkets, chainstores amongst others.
Myrtle rust (Uredo rangelii), native to South America is a serious fungal disease and believed to be the most significant threat to Australia’s ecosystems since the Europeans arrived. Affecting plants in the Myrtaceae family, including Australian natives like bottle brush (Callistemon spp.), tea tree (Melaleuca spp.), lillypillies (Syzygium spp.) and eucalypts (Eucalyptus spp.), it has the potential to infect all myrtaceous plants in both our built (gardens & landscape) and natural environments plus a range of industries (nursery production, timber, cut flower, etc) along the coastline of Australia.
Myrtle rust was first detected in April 2010 in the Central Coast area of New South Wales (NSW). By November 2010 Myrtle rust had infected over 140 premises across NSW and was detected in Queensland in December 2010. Analysis of the detections in state forests and nature reserves suggests that the disease may have been present in Australia for at least two years prior to detection.On December 22 2010 the Myrtle Rust National Management Group deemed the disease not technically feasible to eradicate. Due to the impact the disease could have across Australia it was agreed to implement a management plan to limit the establishment of the pathogen within industries and the natural environment.
The development of the Myrtle Rust Management Plan, by the Australian Nursery Industry, is in direct response to the agreed national position.
Robert Prince, Chief Executive Officer NGIA announced at the Landscaping Australia Conference in May that Myrtle rust could have a devastating impact on the Nursery industry.
“Nationally a $3billion dollar industry could lose more than $600,000, 000 in total production. The loss to our urban amenity values could be as high and potentially we could see billions of dollars damage in our natural environment,” he explained.
As a professional and responsible industry it is essential that growers, wholesalers and retailers implement the management strategies for Myrtle rust.
What can I do?
Report any suspected case of Myrtle rust call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline: 1800 084 881
Download the most up-to-date version of The Australian Nursery Industry Myrtle Rust Management Plan from www.ngia.com.au
For more information on Myrtle rust please visit http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/quarantine/pests-diseases/myrtle-rust/myrtle-rust80311
Never move suspected contaminated or infested material unless directed by a Government official.
Practise good hygiene when working with native plants and general nursery stock. Clean equipment like containers and secateurs after use
For further information on biosecurity in the nursery industry visit the Biosecurity Section under the Environment pages on www.ngia.com.aualternatively, contact Anthony Kachenko at NGIA on 02 8922 7006or firstname.lastname@example.org