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Project underway to help protect "The Jewels" of the South Coast Region

October 2019 – Over 1 million hectares of native vegetation is infected by the plant disease Phytophthora Dieback.  Time is running out to protect the susceptible native plant species and high value ecosystems of the south coast of WA with urgent and well coordinated landscape scale response and investment required.
As part of a state wide Framework an indicative Top 100 Priority Protection Areas for WA have been identified….

Be Aware of Dieback in the Wheatbelt

July 2019 – With winter upon us, and therefore in theory the wetter months of the year, it is important to be aware of the effects and risks of Dieback. Dieback is a pathogen of the Phytophthora group which can cause disease and death in otherwise healthy plants, including many native species… Banksias and Grasstrees are more easily killed by Dieback, whereas Wandoo trees often show no signs, and survival in Jarrah is variable and depends on local conditions…

Project Dieback - State NRM Funding Announced

February 2019 – Dieback management on the south coast has been boosted with State NRM funding for implementation of the State Dieback Management and Investment Framework. This project will work closely with land managers, stakeholders and community by utilising resources developed by significant South Coast NRM investment over the past decade….

Summer rain – high time for hygiene

November 2018 – As we’re welcoming summer rainfall into our gardens and native bushland, Phytophthoras are taking advantage of the wet, warm soil conditions created to get active, producing spores and infecting new hosts. This wet soil is also much stickier and more easily caught in the grooves of your shoes and tyres and the underside of your vehicle…

World first in getting rid of dieback disease

July 2014 – West Australian researchers have successfully carried out eradication trials on dieback, one of the country’s most destructive native plant diseases… New research, led by the Centre of Phythophthora Science and Management at Murdoch University and Alcoa Australia, has found that clearing contaminated bushland of living hosts is the only way to eradicate the disease…

This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government's State NRM Program

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