Movement of Phaeophleospora destructans throughout Asia; a threat to Australian native forests
Andjic, V., Hardy, G.E.St.J., Xu, D., Burgess, T.I. and Dell, B. (2005) Movement of Phaeophleospora destructans throughout Asia; a threat to Australian native forests. In: 15th Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference, 26-29 September 2005 , Geelong, Vic..
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Eucalypts are highly favored plantation species in Asia as they are fast growing and easy to cultivate. Phaeophleospora destructans causes leaf blight that leads to premature defoliation, reduced growth and vigour, and in some instances tree death within plantations. The disease was first described from 1-3 years old E. grandis in Sumatra, Indonesia (1). Since then it has been found in Thailand, central and northern Vietnam and East Timor (2). Besides E. grand is, P. destructans has been isolated from other eucalypts including clones of E. camaldulensis and E. urophylla (native in East Timor). Phaeophleospora destructans has not been found in Australia and its potential impact on native eucalypt forests is unknown.
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