ANPC Myrtle Rust Workshops held in Darwin in 2015 & 2016

Presenter: ANPC Vice President Mr Bob Makinson. Bob was employed as Conservation Botanist with the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney for over 30 years working in plant taxonomy, herbarium management, wild-plant conservation science and practice, and science internship (volunteer) program development. He has presented at numerous ANPC Myrtle Rust workshops over the years including in Western Australia, NSW and Lord Howe Island.

These free half and full day workshops were offered in the Northern Territory on Myrtle rust recognition, reporting, risk assessment and management options. Myrtle rust is a major new threat to Australia’s flora and has been identified as a new and potentially serious threat to the Northern Territory’s biodiversity. Myrtle rust is a fungal disease which can attack and sometimes kill native plants within the myrtaceae family including paperbarks, teatrees and some eucalypts. Myrtle rust was found on the Tiwi Islands earlier this year and has since been identified on the NT mainland.

Friday 5 February 2016
Location: Charles Darwin University, NT

Friday 13 November 2015
Location: Marrara, NT
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Saturday 14 November 2015
Location: Coolalinga, NT
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With support from the Bjarne K Dahl Trust, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Territory Natural Resource Management and Charles Darwin University, in partnership with NT Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries, Dept. of Land Resource Management and NT Farmers Association, the ANPC held these workshops to provide more information on this fungal disease and the actions that can be taken to minimise its impact.

Read more information on Myrtle rust here. This information hub has been developed by the ANPC to significantly contribute to response capabilities here in Australia and overseas. Two elements are new and unique:
1/ consolidated Australian and global host lists which have not been published elsewhere. Updates of these host lists are anticipated to occur on a 3- to 6-monthly basis.
2/ a world first comprehensive global bibliography of literature on Myrtle Rust.