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Upcoming AMS Virtual Seminar


26 June 2024 (Wednesday) 12 pm AEDT / 2 pm NZDT :


Dr Mahajabeen Padamsee

New Zealand Fungarium, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research 

TOPIC: Myrtle rust is the latest in a series of invaders expanding New Zealand’s rust fungal species list


Summary: About 300 rust species are known in New Zealand, with approximately half comprising native rusts (usually pathogenic on native plants) and half being introduced rusts (usually pathogenic on exotic plants). Work on a rust mycota of New Zealand has resulted in new collection localities of many species with a conservation status of data deficient. Molecular analyses have resulted in 26 new species of rust fungi recently discovered. Two species are transferred into the genus Milesina, three into Uromyces, one into Coleosporium, and six into Puccinia, either following discovery of the sexual (telial) stage of these rusts or considering the most appropriate sexual genus. However, one new species of Aecidium poses a conundrum. Apart from one new species on the introduced Fuchsia magellanica all the rusts are considered native. The number of non-native rusts has been rising steadily from 33 to over 150 in the last 150 years with the arrival in May 2017 of Austropuccinia psidii (myrtle rust) being one of the most significant invasions to occur in New Zealand and is anticipated to have substantial biodiversity flow-on effects. Austropuccinia psidii has a known host range of over 350 species in Myrtaceae and is already causing severe species declines in Australia where it has been since 2010. However, unlike other non-native rust fungi, A. psidii is primarily found on native species of Myrtaceae in NZ.

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National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan

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Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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