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February 21, 2014 15:03 in News by Nea :: Article Rating

What is Phytophthora cinnamomi?

Phytophthora cinnamomi (pronounced fy-tof-thora), also known as dieback, root rot, Jarrah dieback or Cinnamon fungus, was first detected in Australia in 1935 and has since spread across the country infecting hundreds of thousands of hectares of native vegetation. 

Heath lands, coastal woodlands and dry Eucalypt forests are most at risk.

This devastating soil-borne wet mold was most recently found at Mt French in the Moogerah Peaks National Park  QLD, only 50km away from Mt Barney National Park.   Some sections of the Moogerah Peaks National Park were closed for a period of time in an attempt to isolate and prevent further contamination to other nearby forests and farming areas.

 Phytophthora cinnamomi belongs to a genus of plant-destroying water molds that are capable of causing enormous economic losses on crops worldwide, as well as irreversible environmental damage in natural ecosystems.

It is spread through infected plants and the movement of contaminated soil and gravel that can be carried on car tyres, vehicles, machinery, footwear and camping gear.

 

 

YOU CAN HELP STOP THE ROT!

By taking the following measures you will help to minimise the spread of Phytophthora cinnamomi  through both private land and our precious national parks and reserves. 

Be clean on entry and exit. Vehicles, tyres, machinery, footwear and camping gear should be free of soil, gravel and mud prior to entering or leaving any park, reserve or campsite (particularly in high risk areas). Don’t bring soil or gravel in – and don’t take any home! 

Where available, use boot cleaning stations (hygiene station) and vehicle wash down bays – they are there for a reason. You will now find boot cleaning stations in many Qld National Parks including Moogerah Peaks National Park (Mt French) and Mt Barney National Park at the Lower Portals and Mt Maroon.  PLEASE USE THEM!

 • Remain on formed roads, tracks and pathways at all times. Moving from infected to uninfected areas can spread the pathogen - particularly during wet weather when soils are wet and sticky.

Obey all track and road closure signs. Do not enter areas of vegetation that have been quarantined.

Avoid traveling through areas infected with Phytophthora.

Do not remove plants or plant material from parks and reserves – they are protected by law.

 

References:

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/316965/Cinnamon_Fungus.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytophthora_cinnamomi

http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/moogerah-peaks/about.html



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