Myrtle rust discovered in Kimberley

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has confirmed a detection of myrtle rust in a Paperbark tree (Melaleuca species) in a wetland on a remote pastoral lease in the East Kimberley.

The disease was discovered as part of targeted surveillance being undertaken by staff from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), DPIRD and Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Myrtle rust is a highly invasive fungal disease of Myrtaceae plants including peppermint trees, Geraldton wax, eucalypts, melaleucas, bottlebrushes and lilly pilly…
DPIRD Chief Plant Protection Officer Sonya Broughton said DPIRD and DBCA were working together to determine if the disease was present in other parts of the Kimberley…

For more information please see the attached DPIRD media release: Myrtle rust confirmed in the Kimberley

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