Monitoring and sentinel sites
Many land management agencies and some home gardeners are regularly checking high-risk (or sentinel sites) sites for symptoms of myrtle rust, to aid in picking up new detections as early as possible and to monitor the spread of the disease.
These sentinel sites may be:
- specimens of highly-susceptible Myrtaceae species (e.g. Agonis, Lophomyrtus)
- new plantings of Myrtaceae species
- Myrtaceae species at frequently-used visitor centres or carparks at parks or gardens
- new Myrtaceae stock arrivals at nurseries or depots
- rest areas along highways
- Myrtaceae species in home gardens.
The sites are checked on a routine basis and any suspected symptoms reported to Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) via email for verification.
Sentinel sites currently being monitored in Victoria are shown on the map below.
If you are interested in setting up myrtle rust sentinel sites, particularly in areas not currently being monitored, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register a site.
No sentinel site is too small and every report helps to improve our understanding of myrtle rust in Victoria.
The support of sentinel site monitors is greatly appreciated.