Phytophthora cinnamomi causing disease in subalpine vegetation in New South Wales


Phytophthora cinnamomi is causing the death of a dominant understorey shrub (Oxylobium arborescens) in subalpine woodland at Barrington Tops National Park, northern New South Wales. A threatened species, Tasmannia purpurascens, is also affected. The diseased area is about 5 ha, which is large in New South Wales where P. cinnamomi has not been regarded as a serious pathogen. The infestation is unusual in such high altitude vegetation.

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McDougall, K.L., Summerell, B.A., Coburn, D. et al. Phytophthora cinnamomi causing disease in subalpine vegetation in New South Wales. Australasian Plant Pathology 32, 113–115 (2003).

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  • Australasian Plant Pathology
  • Diseased Area
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  • Phytophthora Cinnamomi
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