Myrtle Rust

Myrtle rust is a serious fungal disease caused by Uredo rangelii that affects plants in the Myrtaceae family.

It cannot be eradicated and is now widely spread in South East Queensland because it produces thousands of spores that are easily spread by wind, human activity and animals.

Though we can't get rid of it, we can limit its spread, manage its impact and carry out research to discover its full host range and seek long-term solutions.

Myrtle Rust
Myrtle rust on Beach Cherry (Eugenia reinwardtiana) foliage -
Image sourced from Biosecurity Queensland

Myrtle Rust in the Moreton Bay region

Infected plants have been identified at Eatons Hill, Burpengary and Redcliffe. Contaminated plants have been treated and in some cases removed to limit spread to other areas.

What Council is doing?

  1. Continuing to monitor the situation
  2. Provide the community with up-to-date information and workshops
  3. Inform its staff, contractors and volunteers of this continuing threat
  4. Manage risk of disease spreading at Council nurseries and bushland sites
  5. Council will continue to inform Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry of any sightings

Contact

Contact the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry if you suspect myrtle rust, to update their records on how far it has spread and what plants are affected.

They also have further information sessions, facts, maps, and education on prevention and treatment of this disease. 

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