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The war on dieback

Harris, A. (1978) The war on dieback. The West Australian, 17 October 1978. p. 7 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Article explains the Department of Conservation and Environment's decision to appoint a fungus expert to work full-time on dieback research highlights the importance of specialised knowledge of fungi that to date has been lacking in Western Australia.
The appointment of a mycologist is essential for a better understanding of the disease.
The fungus which causes dieback is phytophthora cinnamomi, discovered in Java in 1922 and isolated in Western Australia in 1965.
This organism is well established on every continent and is known to attack more than 900 plant species.
Western Australia's jarrah is one species that is at high risk of phytophthora's lethally infectious character.
Once the disease establishes itself on the jarrah's feeding roots the tree begins to die.
At Murdoch University, the new mycologist will work with Doctor Andrew Glenn, a microbiologist with the School of Environmental and Life Sciences.
The article discusses the life span of the jarrah tree, the various teams from CSIRO and WAIT considering total forest ecosystem and possible controls through biological manipulation.

This article contains one image of a stand of jarrah trees, affected by dieback.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Publisher: Seven West Media
Copyright: ©1978 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57767
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