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Biosecurity – Phytophthora in Tasmania

Biosecurity considerations are very important to conserving Australia’s native flora. Pathogens such as the root rot fungus Phytopthora cinnamomi can be easily transferred in soil by vehicle tyres, clothes and shoes, so cleaning protocols are in place for entering and exiting certain areas. To prevent the spread of P. cinnamomi, Seed Bank Manager James Wood, at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, ensures that such measures are undertaken on all of his seed collecting trips. Here you can see him (on the right) on a Australian Seed Bank Partnership supported collecting trip undertaking a boot wash-down with methylated spirits between visiting different collecting sites.

(Photo: Boot wash down, James Wood, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens)