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Myrtle Rust – Forest Industry Issues Paper

This report outlines and reviews the potential implications and exposure of the recent discovery in Australia of the exotic plant-disease Myrtle rust (Puccinia psidii). It also aims to provide options to mitigate the impact of Myrtle rust in both the short and longer term. This type of rust has a large range of hosts across the Myrtaceae family, including Australia’s commercial Eucalyptus and Corymbia hardwood plantations.

Initial testing suggests that this strain can germinate under cooler minimum temperatures than strains previously studied overseas; therefore it could spread into much of Australia’s temperate plantation regions. It affects trees from seedling stage through to 2–4 years of age, once trees are 3–4 metres high and in mature foliage the impact of the rust is greatly diminished.

A severe rust infection could cause loss of stocking, uneven growth and loss of productivity over a full rotation length, with an estimated annual loss of $105 million.

There is likely to be an impact on native forests, which may reduce both the effectiveness of regeneration and also species diversity. This could add to the costs of regeneration after harvesting and/ or lengthen rotations.

The report includes a list of operational, research and biosecurity options.

Reference Number:
PRC218-1011

Findings Report:
PRC218-1011_Myrtle_Rust_June_2011_0.pdf

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On behalf of its members and stakeholders, FWPA supports and manages a wide range of activities through five strategic programs. Here you’ll find the latest news, updates and links to online resources.

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Podcasts

FWPA has launched the inaugural series of its new podcast, WoodChat. Each episode in the six-part pilot series will include an in-depth conversation with experts on a different industry-related news story, discovery or innovation.

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Our 5 Company Programs

Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the benefits and use of forest and wood products, in line with community attitudes, environmental awareness and market trends.

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Aligning Products to Market Needs

Aligning Products to Market Needs

Ensuring that the industry’s products and services are fit-for-purpose, appropriately aligned to market needs and their availability better communicated to key influencers.

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Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Increasing the value and volume recovery from existing resources to ensure that all wood fibre is utilised to its highest and best purpose.

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Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing the availability of wood fibre to support an expanding market and associated manufacturing capacity.

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Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Ensuring that the industry has the skills and systems necessary to support improved decision making by all players across the value chain.

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Our acknowledgment

In the spirit of reconciliation, Forest & Wood Products Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, and we acknowledge their connection to the land and their custodianship of Country and forests. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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