The term Phytophthora dieback refers to the deadly plant disease caused by the pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi. There are over 140 species of Phytophthora, but the species that causes the most severe and widespread damage to native plants in Western Australia is P. cinnamomi. Phytophthora cinnamomi is a fungus-like eukaryotic organism called an oomycete (water mould) which lives in the soil. It infects plants through the roots, absorbing carbohydates and nutrients, destroying the structure of the root tissue and preventing the plant from taking in water and nutrients.
Phytophtora dieback is becoming more and more prevelant in urban areas. Identification and management is essential to contain the spread. Some plant species are more susceptible than others, but those that are infected die quickly and completely.
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