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AOA Webinar – Polyphagous Shot-Hole Borer in WA

16 August 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

A new and emerging threat at the urban forest-residential interface.

Presented by Dr Kylie Ireland, Plant Pathologist, DPIRD Plant Biosecurity Pest Risk & Analytics Team.

Polyphagous Shot-Hole Borer (PSHB) has a symbiotic relationship with a Fusarium fungus, cultivating it inside the tree as a food source for the beetle and its larvae. In susceptible trees, the fungus kills vascular tissue causing Fusarium dieback and tree death.

Establishment of this pest would have significant impact on amenity trees, native vegetation, and the fruit and nut tree industries.

This presentation will summarise response activities, explore some of the challenges and opportunities present at the urban forest-residential interface, how these are being navigated and how stakeholders can help us in the fight to detect and manage PSHB.

Cost: Free

Register here

All registrants will receive a copy of the webinar recording within a few days of the webinar.

Dr Kylie Ireland is plant pathologist in the DPIRD Plant Biosecurity Pest Risk and Analytics Team, subject matter expert on the PSHB response, and an adjunct research fellow at Curtin University. She loves plant biosecurity, the science-management/policy nexus and agricultural extension. With a PhD in plant biosecurity from Murdoch University, Kylie has worked on a diverse range of projects, including pest risk modelling, Myrtle rust ecology, plant pathology capacity building in Laos, plant pest impacts, weed biocontrol and fungicide resistance extension. Kylie is a director of the Australian Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation and leads the editorial team of the APPS Newsletter.

This webinar series is part of the Olive levy project Australian olive industry communications and extension program (OL18000), funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.


16 August 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Australian Olive Association