High-tech spray prevents and cures rusty plant threat

14 Feb 2024
Person spraying liquid on plants
Myrtle rust has become a problem for popular native Myrtaceae species like eucalypts, lilly pilly and paperbark

Researchers from The University of Queensland have developed a treatment that can both prevent and cure infection caused by an invasive fungal disease devastating native Australian plants.

PhD candidate Rebecca DegnanDr Anne Sawyer and Professor Neena Mitter worked with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to develop an environmentally friendly spray which uses RNA technology to treat plants infected by myrtle rust.

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