The development of 'spore water' on Kangaroo Island for rapid spread of bridal creeper rust fungus

Beverley Overton and Dean Overton, PO Box 469, Kingscote, South Australia 5223, Australia.


An overview is given of the development and use of 'spore water' on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Spore water is a solution of spores of the bridal creeper rust fungus, Puccinia myrsiphylli, which is sprayed onto bridal creeper, Asparagus asparagoides, using standard pesticide application equipment. It has been found to be a very successful, non labour-intensive method of introducing biological control into the bridal creeper populations.


Plant Protection Quarterly (2006) 21 (2) 77-78.