Volunteers needed for College Row dieback management

Bunbury Herald
Leschenault Catchment Council volunteers inject phosphite into the affected trees.
Camera IconLeschenault Catchment Council volunteers inject phosphite into the affected trees.

The Leschenault Catchment Council is asking for volunteers passionate about native plants to help out at a dieback management day on Saturday.

The council needs volunteers to help inject phosphite into susceptible trees in the College Row School bushland on Saturday from 9am.

Dieback, or Phytophthora, is an infection which attacks a plant’s root system, making it unable to take up the water and nutrients it needs to survive.

The infection affects more than 40 per cent of native plant species and at least half of all endangered native plant species in the South West.

There is no known cure for Phytophthora and prevention is still the most effective tool for managing the pathogen.

However, a biological fungicide called phosphite can protect plants against the impacts of Phytophthora dieback, which is what volunteers will use at the dieback management day.

To register for this event, email johnny.prefumo@leschenaultcc.org.au.

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