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Case of the dying trees

(1977) Case of the dying trees. Farmer and Grazier, 4 April 1977. [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Article explains the work being undertaken by a team of CSIRO scientists to shed light on why some eucalypts in their prime were losing their leaves and dying.
The disease, known as regrowth dieback has become more widespread until it is affecting nearly half the trees in the worst hit forest stands.
The Tasmanian timber industry depends on the eucalypt and is concerned for two reasons, dieback hits the most productive forest areas and all the forests in future will be regrowth or second generation forests.
Since research into the dieback problem commenced the CSIRO team has closely studied the role of all the possible causes of the dieback, including climate changes, roots rots and leaf eating insects, built up a statistical picture of forest growth back into last century looking for a pattern in the occurrence of the dieback, and advised forest managers on how best to cope with the dieback problem.

This article contains one photograph of Trevor Bird and George Dolezal, both examining a piece of wood, which had been dated at over 2,000 years old, from a Huon pine in the Lake Gordon area of Tasmania.

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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
Copyright: ©1977 Farmer and Grazier
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58005
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