Media

2017 Media Releases

  • 2017, March 31 – Media Release: Australian rust expert helps train South Asian researchers
    Leading Australian rust expert Professor Robert Park, from the University of Sydney, joined colleagues from Pakistan, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Mexico and the US in Nepal recently for the Sixth South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation Wheat Rust Monitoring & Disease Management Course. 
  • 2017, February 27 – Media Release: Western Australian growers urged to think ahead and control green bridge rust disease threat
    Growers are being urged to keep paddocks clean following abundant January and February rainfall which has encouraged weed growth and the creation of a ‘green bridge’ which can host rust and other diseases and pests.
  • Western Australia
  • 2017, February 8 – Media Release: Growers urged to keep paddocks ‘Free for February’ to control green bridge rust disease threat
    Growers are being urged to keep paddocks ‘Free for February’ to minimise the risk of rust and other diseases such as powdery mildew, and pests such as mites and aphids, surviving on a green bridge.
  • South Australia
  • Victoria
  • New South Wales

2016 Media Releases

  • 2016, September 9 – Media Release: Growers urged to monitor and act NOW for rust
    Growers are urged to monitor crops and apply fungicides as soon as practically possible following a number of reports of barley leaf rust and wheat stripe and leaf rusts across Victoria and South Australia.
  • 2016, February 8 – Media Release: Eliminate green bridge to minimise rust risk
    An unusually hot December followed by summer storms and large rains across most of the country’s cropping regions has created ideal conditions for summer weeds and volunteer crops, generating a ‘green bridge’ which could carry rust pathogens into the 2016 cropping season. Growers are being urged to remain vigilant and remove this green bridge as soon as possible – and at least four weeks before sowing – to reduce the risk of rust.

2015 Media Releases

  • 2015, October 23 – Media Release: New wheat leaf rust pathotype found for the first time in WA
    An eastern Australian wheat leaf rust (Puccinia triticina) pathotype has been identified in Western Australia, which may cause the rust resistance ratings of several wheat varieties to change. Varieties that may become more susceptible to leaf rust include Mace , which is the most popular wheat variety in WA.
  • 2015, August 19 – Media Release: Australia-wide rust reports highlight importance of crop monitoring
    All three types of rust – stem rust, stripe rust and leaf rust – have been found in crops of wheat, highlighting the importance of crop monitoring and early management.  Leaf rust has also been found in barley crops, and stem rust and crown rust in oat crops.

  • 2015, April 2 – Media Release: Wheat varieties more susceptible to leaf rust in 2015
    Many common wheat varieties have this year recorded a change in their susceptibility ratings for leaf rust following the detection of an exotic strain of the disease in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales last year.

  • 2015, March 30 – Media Release: Long season wheats pose stem rust risk
    The risks of developing stem rust in longer season winter wheat crops are being highlighted as south-eastern Australian wheat growers begin to prepare for the 2015 growing season. State-based media releases:

2014 Media Releases

Previous Media Releases

  • 2013, December 6 – Media Release: Variety Selection key in rust management for WA
    Western Australian grain growers are being warned to make careful variety selections for 2014 following the identification of new wheat and barley leaf rust pathotypes.
  • 2013, November 6 – Media Release: Researcher recognised for fight against cereal disease   A scientist whose research into cereal disease continues to benefit Australian grain growers and the broader community has been recognised as an international leader in plant pathology and genetics.
  • 2013, October 31 – Media Release: New wheat leaf pathotype in WA  An eastern Australian wheat leaf rust pathotype has been identified in four diverse regions across Western Australia.
  • 2013, October 17 – Media Release:  New wheat leaf rust pathotype detected in northern NSW  
  • 2013, September 9 – Media Release:  Temperature warming prompts rust warning – Vic
    Victorian grain growers are encouraged to monitor their crops for rust diseases as temperatures begin to rise and 
    as up-front fungicide treatments begin to wear off. 
  • 2013, September 9 – Media Release:  Temperature warming prompts rust warning – NSW
    Southern NSW grain growers are encouraged to monitor their crops for rust diseases as temperatures begin to rise and as up-front fungicide treatments begin to wear off.
  •  2013, January 22 – Media Release: VS and S Elimination
    Cereal rust experts are issuing a clear warning to croppers to eliminate use of varieties that are susceptible and very susceptible to rust.
  • April 2011: New campaign highlights need to plan for unprecedented rust risk.  Click here to download.
  • June 2011: Rust management plan a must-have this season. Click here to download.

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