Assessing Myrtle Rust in a Lemon Myrtle Provenance Trial

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33 pages
Code: 12-098
Published: 26 Oct 2012
Author(s): John Doran, Dave Lea, David Bush
ISBN: 978-1-74254-440-3

Lemon myrtle is one of several native food species under threat from myrtle rust, a well known fungal disease of international importance first found in Australia in April 2010.

This research indicates that it may be possible to select cultivars of Backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle) with greater myrtle rust resistance than the moderately to highly susceptible cultivars that are currently in use by the native food, essential oil and horticultural industries in Australia.