Puccinia spegazzinii for the biological control of Mikania micrantha

We conducted a risk analysis for the release of the rust fungus Puccinia spegazzinii for the biological control of the weed Mikania micrantha.

We conducted the risk analysis in two key steps:

  1. Released the draft report of the risk analysis for the release of Puccinia spegazzinii for the biological control of Mikania micrantha on 13 December 2019, via Biosecurity Advice 2019-P16 for a 60 day consultation period, closing on 12 February 2020.
  2. Released the final report of the risk analysis, on 28 May 2020.

We undertook this risk analysis to assess the proposal by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF) to release the rust fungus Puccinia spegazzinii for the biological control of Mikania micrantha, commonly known as mile-a-minute weed, in Australia.

The final report recommends that the release of P. spegazzinii should be permitted, subject to standard quarantine conditions associated with the import and release of biological control agents.

The final report determined the overall risk associated with the release of P. spegazzinii to be Negligible. A risk estimate of Negligible achieves Australia’s appropriate level of protection (ALOP).

The assessment of risk to off-target plants included consideration of the testing methodology used and the plant species test list, including non-target species tested in described experiments. The biology of P. spegazzinii and the results of non-target testing carried out overseas prior to release of the biological control agent in several other countries was also considered.

Puccinia spegazzinii has been satisfactorily demonstrated to be highly host specific to M. micrantha. The proposed fungal agent is considered to successfully complete its life cycle only on Mikania micrantha and M. cordata, and no spore-producing lesions have been observed to develop on other tested non-target plant taxa.

The application and supporting documents from QDAF that were provided to the department have been included with the final report.

The published application report may not meet Australian Government accessibility guidelines as it has not been prepared by the department.

Download application

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Application for the release of Puccinia spegazzinii for the biological control of Mikania micrantha PDF 173 5.6 MB

Download final report

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, May 2020.

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Final risk analysis report for the release of Puccinia spegazzinii for the biological control of Mikania micrantha PDF 35 841 KB
Final risk analysis report for the release of Puccinia spegazzinii for the biological control of Mikania micrantha DOCX 35 998 KB

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Download draft report

Department of Agriculture, December 2019.

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Draft risk analysis report for the release of Puccinia spegazzinii for the biological control of Mikania micrantha PDF 34 13.4 MB
Draft risk analysis report for the release of Puccinia spegazzinii for the biological control of Mikania micrantha DOCX 34 8.3 MB

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Next steps

Publication of the final risk analysis report represents the end of the risk analysis process. Following the risk analysis process, if the department approves release of the biological control agent, the applicant will be contacted and informed of the release process and provided with conditions of release.

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Last reviewed: 28 May 2020
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