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Anthropogenic Disturbances and the Emergence of Native Diseases: a Threat to Forest Health

Burgess, T.I.ORCID: 0000-0002-7962-219X, Oliva, J., Sapsford, S.J., Sakalidis, M.L., Balocchi, F. and Paap, T. (2022) Anthropogenic Disturbances and the Emergence of Native Diseases: a Threat to Forest Health. Current Forestry Reports .

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The next century will almost certainly see an unprecedented rise in forest pathogen epidemics, requiring a proactive rather than reactive response. Diseases caused by native pathogens with complex aetiologies will become more common, and recognising, characterising and managing these epidemics are difficult because native pathogens are frequently already widespread, and eradication is not feasible. We need to start approaching these issues from a ‘whole ecosystem’ perspective, highlighting the many aspects and entanglements of forest declines and allowing us to respond with management options tailored to each scenario. The approach proposed here provides logical steps based on six questions to untangle the direct and indirect environmental drivers of tree declines.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Harry Butler Institute
Publisher: Springer Nature
Copyright: © 2022 Crown Copyright.
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