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Dieback Research
Alcoa has been a major financial supporter of research on Phytophthora dieback since 1979. Numerous joint projects involving Alcoa, the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), university partners and community groups have pioneered special research and development work to understand the nature of this disease and develop ways to protect the healthy forest against it.  More recently Alcoa was a founder member of the Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management.  This Centre was established at Murdoch University in 2003 to provide science, management and training to minimise the environmental threats posed by Phytophthora dieback.
Phytophthora projects supported by Alcoa include:
  • Developing dieback forest rehabilitation programs.
  • Assessing the use of the fungicides such as potassium phosphite to protect trees from Phytophora cinnamomi.
  • Identifying and propagating dieback resistant jarrah plants.
  • Understanding mechanisms of dieback resistance.
  • Developing prescriptions to eradicate the pathogen.

Dieback Infected

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Unlike in a healthy jarrah forest dieback strangles the roots of trees making them unable to extract moisture.

Dieback Volunteers

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Alcoa employees injecting trees with potassium phosphite to immunise them against Pc.