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
- 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:
- 2015, January 20 – Media Release: Early rust outbreaks highlight need to eliminate green bridge
With early reports of rust in volunteer crops, ACRCP Committee Chair Dan Mullan highlights the importance for growers to remain vigilant against the disease over summer and eliminate the green bridge.
2014 Media Releases
- 2014, August 13 – Media Release: WA growers urged to keep eyes peeled for rust as weather warms
Isolated pockets of rust are appearing in Western Australian barley crops.
- 2014, August 13 – Media Release: Early rust detection sparks warning for SA growers
SA Growers to be vigilant as rust is detected in wheat crops on the Eyre Peninsula and the Lower North.
- 2014, August 13 – Media Release: Rust showing up across NSW
Rust samples from across New South Wales have been submitted to the Australian Cereal Rust Survey – a timely reminder for growers to be vigilant when it comes to rust.
- 2014, March 27 – Media Release: Experts assess rust outlook for 2014
The ACRCP Consultative Committee meet to discuss rust genetics, breeding strategies, variety selection and research outputs for 2014 as well as elect a new chairman.
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.
- Rust has been detected in regions across Australia. For locations and further information, please view the 2013 National Rust Update – October.