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Susceptibility to Phytophthora cinnamomi and sensitivity to phosphorus in native Australian plants: why are they linked?

Pearse, S.J., Jost, R., Berkowitz, O., Ma, Y., O'Brien, P.A., Finnegan, P.M., Yan, G., Hardy, G.E.S.J. and Lambers, H. (2010) Susceptibility to Phytophthora cinnamomi and sensitivity to phosphorus in native Australian plants: why are they linked? In: Dieback Information Group Conference ('10), 16 July, Perth, Western Australia.

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Abstract

Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands (Phytophthora Dieback) is a soil-borne organism belonging to the Class Oomycetes or 'water moulds' in the Kingdom Chromista. Many Western Australian plant species are extremely susceptible to P. cinnamomi making this introduced pathogen the most significant threat to landscapes and biodiversity in the southwest of Western Australia. Its severe disruption of plant community structure causes decline in species richness and abundance, degradation of faunal habitat and changes to ecosystem function and health. The continued degradation of Western Australia's social and biodiversity assets is causing escalating management costs to governments, industry and the community.

Publication Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/11845
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