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Overview of phytophthora diseases in the Australian region

Hardy, G.E.St.J., Cahill, D., Wilson, B. and O'Gara, E. (2004) Overview of phytophthora diseases in the Australian region. In: 3rd Workshop of IUFRO Working Party 7.02.09 "Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems", 11 - 17 September, Freising, Germany.


Since 2001 at the last IUFRO Meeting on 'Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems' there has, unlike the new Phytophthora outbreaks in the Northern Hemisphere, been no similar activity in the Australasian region. However, P. cinnamomi continues as a primary threat to the integrity and biodiversity of natural systems within Australia. This presentation will briefly cover new outbreaks of Phytophthora cinnamomi and research activities related to control. There will then be a focus on the Australian Federal Department of Environment and Heritage's (DE&H) commissioned study to develop:
• National Best Practice Standards for Phytophthora, and
• Risk Assessment Criteria and Prioritisation System for the management of the disease.
Development of best practice standards, risk assessment and prioritisation systems is regarded by the DE&H as one of the most significant actions of the National Threat Abatement Plan for dieback caused by this pathogen. Strategies being used to develop a document that will be accepted and used by all 'key stakeholders' throughout Australia will then be covered. A wide range of interest groups, from local naturalists to multi-million dollar extractive industries whose activities or operations are impacted on by P. cinnamomi, must be accommodated by the document. Without such a document and its acceptance it is unlikely that the rate of spread and impact of the pathogen can be contained or reduced.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management
Notes: Oral presentation
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