Myrtle / Eucalyptus rust now in South Africa!
20 June, 2013
Researchers at FABI this week confirmed the presence of the myrtle rust pathogen, Puccinia psidii, in South Africa. The possible presence of the pathogen was brought to our attention by an alert forester, Marcel Verleur of Sappi, who spotted a diseased Myrtus communis (myrtle) plant on the KZN south coast. He immediately sent photos of the infected plant to Izette Greyling and Jolanda Roux of the TPCP and CTHB extension programme, who requested samples for analyses. The identity of the pathogen as P. psidii has been confirmed through the use of DNA sequence data and morphology.