The Australian Cereal Rust Survey relies on the samples contributed by farmers, agronomists, and agricultural researchers across Australia. We welcome all rust samples from cereal crops as well as rust samples from various weed grass species.
To submit a sample, please fill in the sample submission form and post it in a paper envelope along with your infected leaf/stem sample to the address below.
University of Sydney
Australian Cereal Rust Survey
Reply Paid 88076
Narellan NSW 2567
We also have free, reply-paid rust sample envelopes available on request.
In conjunction with our colleagues at the University of Sydney, we are planning a small pilot investigation examining fungicide insensitivity in soil fungi, to parallel studies we are undertaking in rust fungi.
We would appreciate any soil samples you are able to collect alongside your rust samples. Soil samples should be collected from under the plant you have collected the rust sample from. These can be sent to the same address listed above.
Download the soil sample submission guide.
For general enquiries about rust survey samples, or to obtain some of our sample envelopes, please contact:
Matthew Williams, ACRCP Operations and Technical officer
Phone: +61 2 9351 8808
Mobile: +61 409552349
For more information about the soil fungi pilot study, please contact:
Dr Jingqin Wu, Research Fellow, ACRCP
Phone: +61 2 9351 8893
This interactive map shows the locations of the cereal rust samples that have been analysed by the Australian Cereal Rust Survey so far this year. The map is updated fortnightly with the latest sample results.
View the 2020 Australian Cereal Rust Survey map.
The University of Sydney has been conducting national surveys of cereal rusts in Australia since 1921. The survey program monitors cereal rust pathogens throughout Australia and characterises any new rust pathotypes that emerge. This information is critical for determining how current varieties will respond to rust in the field and for the breeding of effective rust resistance into new varieties.
Our Cereal Rust Reports are released when significant events occur, for example, a new rust pathotype is detected or one or more rust species are posing a threat to industry. Periodically, we also publish listings of current cereal cultivars, the rust resistance genes they carry, and their expected responses to the different rust diseases. See below for the latest reports.