Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
Fact Sheets
Fig rust (307)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Widespread distribution. On figs (Ficus species), but also breadfruit. When severe, causes defoliation and young fruit fail to ripen.
  • Yellow spots on top of leaves, raised pustules below, reddish-brown, circular, 0.5 mm diamter. Spots may merge, and leaves may fall. Sometimes spots on fruit.
  • Spread by spore splash from one leaf to another, or between plants; over long distances, by wind. 
  • Cultural control: prune to improve air movement, and drying of leaves; avoid overhead irrigation; avoid planting under shade; weed; avoid areas that flood or where there is free-standing water; provide adeqate nutrition; test varieties (e.g., breadfruit).
  • Chemical control: use copper or mancozeb.

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