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Management of Phytophthora cinnamomi for biodiversity conservation in Australia: Part 2. National best practice guidelines

O'Gara, E., Howard, K., Wilson, B. and Hardy, G.E.St.J. (2005) Management of Phytophthora cinnamomi for biodiversity conservation in Australia: Part 2. National best practice guidelines. A report funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of the Environment and Heritage by the Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management, Murdoch University, Western Australia.

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    Abstract

    Disease in natural ecosystems of Australia, caused by the introduced plant pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi, is listed as a key threatening process under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Act requires the Australian Government to prepare and implement a threat abatement plan for nationally coordinated action to mitigate the harm caused by P. cinnamomi to Australian species, particularly threatened flora, fauna and ecological communities. The .National Threat Abatement Plan for Dieback Caused by the Root-Rot Fungus Phytophthora cinnamomi. (NTAP) was released in 2001 (Environment Australia, 2001). The NTAP is designed to promote a common understanding of the national threat P. cinnamomi poses to biodiversity in Australia.

    This project, funded by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), is one of the most significant actions to be implemented from the NTAP to date. The project has two major components:

    * to review current management approaches and identify benchmarks for best practice
    * the development of risk assessment criteria and a system for prioritising management of assets that are or could be threatened by P. cinnamomi.

    The project outputs are presented in a four-part document entitled Management of Phytophthora cinnamomi for Biodiversity Conservation in Australia:

    Part 1 - A Review of Current Management
    Part 2 - National Best Practice Guidelines
    Part 3 - Risk Assessment for Threats to Ecosystems, Species and Communities: A Review
    Part 4 - Risk Assessment Models for Species, Ecological Communities and Areas.

    A model of best practice was developed which encompasses all the components necessary for an informed and integrated approach to P. cinnamomi management, from strategic through to on-ground management. The current document (Part 1 . A Review of Current Management) thoroughly reviews the approaches to P. cinnamomi management in Australia within the context of the best practice model.

    Publication Type: Report
    Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management
    Publisher: A report funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of the Environment and Heritage by the Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/3286
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