Imminent Extinction of Australian Myrtaceae by Fungal Disease

Date: 25, Apr, 2020
Author(s):   Fensham, R.J., Carnegie, A.J., Laffineur, B., Makinson, R.O., Pegg, G.S., Wills, J.
Publisher: Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Myrtle rust is a fungal disease that has spread rapidly across the globe, arriving in Australia in 2010. The tree species Rhodomyrtus psidioides is nearly extinct in the wild as a result of the disease, leading to potential disruption of ecosystem function. Many other Myrtaceae may also be threatened and unprecedented impacts of the disease are predicted.