Dieback is found in many areas of the Shire. It can also be found in your own gardens.
Phytophthora Dieback refers to the deadly introduced plant disease caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi (pronounced Fy-tof-thora - meaning plant destroyer in Greek).
In the past, Phytophthora Dieback has been known as 'dieback' and 'jarrah dieback'. Unfortunately, these names have contributed to confusion about the pathogen. For example, in other parts of Australia, the term 'dieback' is used to describe tree decline caused by such factors as salinity, drought or insect damage.
The disease affects a huge number of introduced and native plant species other than jarrah. Therefore, to overcome this confusion, the term Phytophthora Dieback is now used.
For more information on Dieback visit the Dieback Working Group's website.
The Shire loans injectors to assist private landholders with preventing Dieback on their properties. To loan the injectors please contact Environmental Services.