Short Communication: Observation of western honeybee (Apis mellifera) foraging urediniospores from myrtle-rust infected maire tawake (Syzygium maire), Ōwairaka/Mt Albert, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, New Zealand,

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Schmid, L.M.H.
Large, Mark
Galbraith, Mel
de Lange, Peter
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2021-06-06
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Unitec Institute of Technology
Mount Albert (Auckland, N.Z.)
Austropuccinia psidii
myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii)
western honeybees (Apis mellifera)
bee foraging myrtle rust
Auckland (N.Z.)
New Zealand
honeybees (Apis mellifera)
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Schmid, L.M.H., Large, M.F., Galbraith, M., & de Lange, P.J. (2021). Short Communication: Observation of western honeybee (Apis mellifera) foraging urediniospores from myrtle-rust infected maire tawake (Syzygium maire), Ōwairaka/Mt Albert, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, New Zealand,. Perspectives in Biosecurity, 6, 1-7.
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Following the detection of myrtle rust disease, caused by the rust fungus Austropuccinia psidii, in New Zealand in May 2017, concerns were raised that western honeybees (Apis mellifera) might forage for and collect Austropuccinia spores. Whilst inspecting cultivated maire tawake (Syzygium maire) trees on the Mt Albert Unitec New Zealand campus infected with myrtle rust, we observed honeybees collecting the urediniospores of this rust. Here we document this observation with images to add further evidence that honeybees present a potentially serious vector in the spread of this rust throughout New Zealand.
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Short Communication: Observation of western honeybee (Apis mellifera) foraging urediniospores from myrtle-rust infected maire tawake (Syzygium maire), Ōwairaka/Mt Albert, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, New Zealand, by Luzie M.H. Schmid, Mark F. Large, Mel Galbraith and Peter J. de Lange, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
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