Assessing vulnerable areas for Puccinia psidii (eucalyptus rust) in Australia
This research note describes a model prepared before the arrival of Puccinia psidii in Australia that identifies areas where the rust disease may be most likely to occur. The initial spread of P. psidii since April 2010 has corresponded well with the highly vulnerable areas identified in eastern coastal Australia.
KeywordsPuccinia psidii Uredo rangelii Myrtaceae Guava rust Myrtle rust
We are grateful to the Office of the Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer, in particular Ms Lois Ransom (Chief Officer) and Ms Fiona Macbeth, for reviving our interest in this area of research. Thanks to Angus Carnegie and Geoff Pegg for information about the current spread of P. psidii in Australia. Thanks to John Scott, Morag Glen, Darren Kriticos, and Caroline Mohammed for their comments on earlier drafts of this manuscript. Thanks also to the anonymous reviewer for the journal, who provided helpful comments.
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