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UPDATED January 2016 - Myrtle Rust in Tasmania

Myrtle rust (Puccinia psidii) is a fungal disease that arrived in Australia in 2010.  A large number of plant species in the myrtaceae family are susceptible to varying degree.  This includes Eucalypts.
It has now been diagnosed in Tasmania from a sample taken from Lophomyrtus plants on a private residential property near Burnie on Tasmania's north west coast on 19 February 2015.

Myrtle rust (Puccinia psidii) is a fungal disease that arrived in Australia in 2010.  A large number of plant species in the myrtaceae family are susceptible to varying degree.  This includes Eucalypts.
It has now been diagnosed in Tasmania from a sample taken from Lophomyrtus plants on a private residential property near Burnie on Tasmania's north west coast on 19 February 2015.

This fungus is regarded as a serious threat and consequently Biosecurity Tasmania has established an incident control centre at its New Town Research Laboratories to manage the emergency response activities.
For more information, including photographs of infected leaves:

UPDATED INFORMATION JANUARY 2016 from Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment - CLICK HERE TO VISIT WEBSITE

If you think you have myrtle rust symptoms showing in plants on your property, especially Lophomyrtus, please contact the Biosecurity Tasmania Hotline on 03 6165 3785