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Distribution of Phytophthora cinnamomi in the northern jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) forest of Western australia in relation to dieback age and topography

McDougall, K.L., Hardy, G.E.St.J. and Hobbs, R.J. (2002) Distribution of Phytophthora cinnamomi in the northern jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) forest of Western australia in relation to dieback age and topography. Australian Journal of Botany, 50 (1). pp. 107-114.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/BT01040
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Abstract

The spatial distribution of Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands at seven dieback sites in the jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata Donn. ex Smith) forest of Western Australia was determined by the following two baiting techniques: in situ baiting with live Banksia grandis Willd. seedlings and ex situ baiting of sampled soil and root material. Four areas within each site were sampled, reflecting dieback age and position in the landscape. Approximate dieback ages of 50, 20 and 5 years were determined by aerial photography. The 50-year-old age class was divided into wet valley floor and dry gravelly slope. Phytophthora cinnamomi was recovered most frequently from the 5-year-old (dieback fronts) and wet 50-year-old areas by both baiting techniques. It was recovered from more than twice as many areas and about five times as many samples when in situ B. grandis baits were used compared with ex situ soil and root baiting. Almost all recoveries from in situ baits were made between October and December. From both methods, it appears that P cinnamomi has a patchy distribution within dieback sites in the northern jarrah forest. It is easily detected only on dieback fronts and wet valley floors. On dry gravelly sites affected 20 years or more ago, P. cinnamomi is rare and may even be absent at some sites. This makes confident detection of the pathogen difficult. In situ baiting at least allows a temporal component to the sampling and will be a useful method of detection in areas where P. cinnamomi is rare or transient.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Copyright: © CSIRO 2002
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/2500
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