The Northern and Rural Australian Research Programme is pleased to release its latest Feature Interview Justin Bellanger: The Dieback Threat to the Forests of Western Australia.

Phytophthora dieback poses a significant threat to the Australian environment. This introduced plant pathogen spreads easily, causing disease, death and potential extinction in susceptible plants and the loss of habitat for native animals. It poses a major threat to over 40 per cent of the native flora in Western Australia, particularly in the South-West regional area. Justin Bellanger, from the South Coast Natural Resource Management agency recently spoke to FDI, outlining the extent of the disease, its impacts and the work his organisation is doing in dealing with the problem.

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