Gene flow of the canker pathogen Botryosphaeria australis between plantations and native eucalypt forests
Burgess, T.I., Sakalidis, M. and Hardy, G.E.St.J. (2005) Gene flow of the canker pathogen Botryosphaeria australis between plantations and native eucalypt forests. In: 15th Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference, 26-29 September 2005 , Geelong, Vic..
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The plantation industry in Western Australia provides a unique opportunity to study the movement of pathogens between closely related host taxa. Eucalyptus globulus, a native to Tasmania and southeastern Australia, is the predominant species in Western Australian plantations, often being planted adjacent to native forest containing E. marginata and E. diversicolor. Since the commencement of the plantation industry 20 years ago, several fungal species, previously known only to eastern Australia or overseas, have been reported on E. globulus in Western Australia. Botryosphaeria australis is a newly described species only recently found causing cankers on Acacia spp. in eastern Australia. During a routine survey, its presence was found on E. globulus in Western Australia.
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