About this Project

Myrtle Rust is an emerging threat to biodiversity in Australia and is spreading throughout the east coast from Queensland to Victoria and beyond. While currently constrained to East Coast Australia MR is highly infectious and its spread has already gone beyond eradication and containment into impact management and research.

Myrtle Rust

Myrtle Rust is an emerging threat to biodiversity in Australia and is spreading throughout the east coast from Queensland to Victoria and beyond. While currently constrained to East Coast Australia MR is highly infectious and its spread has already gone beyond eradication and containment into impact management and research.

National Volunteer Monitoring Network

The Office of the Chief Plant Protection Officer (OCPPO) in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is working with the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and researchers from QLD and NSW to develop a national volunteer monitoring network for myrtle rust.

OCPPO is also working with the ALA on continuing to improve the functionality of the Australian Disease and Pest Database (APPD) which is used to capture and record the plant pest species in Australia and used in various activities including pest risk assessment and incursion response.

Objectives

The aim of the myrtle rust national volunteer monitoring network is to gather information on distribution, hosts and severity over a period of time in locations spread across Australia to help in determining impacts and host susceptibility as part of the national effort to mitigate potential impacts of the disease. The program will utilise and demonstrate many of the tools linkages that ALA are developing including web-based reporting, mapping, disease information and identification and virtual herbarium for host identification.

The Atlas of Living Australia

The ALA is an Australian Government initiative under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy with overall aims of better utilisation of biodiversity and related information by a range of end-users through the development and extension of various tools. Further information can be found at http://www.ala.org.au/

The project

Led by DAFF this pilot project is a joint initiative across a large number of organisations and institutions in order to get community, government and industry working together to take on this challenge.