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Scientists uncover dieback life cycle

Maher, Maher, J. (1976) Scientists uncover dieback life cycle. The Countryman, 17 June 1976. p. 20 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Article explains the organism which causes jarrah dieback, can kill not only jarrah trees but most species that grow in the forest.
Over 172,000 hectares, or 10 percent of Western Australia's state forests and timber reserves, have been affected by the fungus.
Senior research officer with the Western Australian Forests Department, Dr. Sid Shea revealed at a press visit to the Dwellingup division that the life cycle of the fungus had been discovered.
It has been ascertained that it spreads through spores which move in the soil when it is wet and warm, a limited period in WA.
The fungus then attacks the roots, preventing nutrition from reaching the trees and plants and they starve to death.
Dr. Shea was helped in his research by Mr. John Kitt, a technical assistant on dieback, Dr. N. Maljczuk, of the CSIRO, and a team of scientific workers.

This article contains two photographs, one of the divisional forest officer and officer-in-charge, Dwellingup division, Mr. Karl Kelers; chief protection officer, Mr. Frank Campbell; senior research officer, Dr. Sod Shea; research officer, Eugene Herbert; and superintendent of the extension service, Mr. Peter Hewett, and one image of extension officer, Peter Hewett inspecting part of the Dwellingup forest affected by jarrah 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
Copyright: ©1976 The Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58156
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