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Subject: First occurrence of daylily rust in Australia
Date posted: April 11, 2002
Source: EPPO Reporting Service, March 2002
Daylily rust (Puccinia hemerocallidis), a fungal disease of daylily (Hemerocallis spp.), has been detected for the first time in Australia, at Maleny in south-east Queensland. While native to Asia, daylily rust was found in the US in 2000 and has since spread to 24 states, including Hawaii. Due to the air-borne nature of P. hemerocallidis and the popularity of its main host, it was concluded that eradication in Australia is not feasible. However, restrictions on the internal movement of daylilies and other hosts have been put in place.

For more information on daylily rust, please see NAPPO's pest alert, originally posted on 1/18/01. http://www.pestalert.org/Detail.CFM?recordID=43