Myrtle rust disease thrives in Fraser Coast wet
THE myrtle rust disease has continued to spread on the Fraser Coast following the warm weather and heavy rain.
The Fraser Coast environment is highly suitable for the disease due to the favourable climate conditions of high moisture and warm temperatures which encourage the production of myrtle rust spores.
It produces brown spots on leaves and attacks small vibrant plants. Biosecurity Queensland spokesperson Dusk Johnston said the disease had already infiltrated the Fraser Coast.
Myrtle rust was detected on the Fraser Coast in May 2011.
"Since the initial detection, the disease has unfortunately spread in the region," she said.
"Though myrtle rust cannot be eradicated Biosecurity Queensland is committed to limiting its spread and managing its impacts in Queensland."
Ms Johnston said to monitor plants for the disease and not to regrow infected plants due to the ease of spreading.
"It can be spread on plants and cuttings, on the wind, and through contact with people and animals," Ms Johnston said.