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Use of remote sensing to map occurrence and spread of Phytophthora cinnamomi in Banksia woodlands on the Gnangara Groundwater System, Western Australia

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posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Barbara Wilson, K Zdunic, J Kinloch, G Behn
The soilborne plant pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi is listed as one of the world’s 100 worst invasive
alien species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The impacts on native flora and fauna
habitats have been identified as a key threatening process in Australia. Identifying and mapping diseased vegetation
and the rate of spread of the disease is required for management; however, this is often difficult and costly. This study
investigated the ability of using a time series of orthophotos (1953–2008) in combination with Landsat satellite
imagery, including trend analysis, and GIS to identify the presence of vegetation impacted by P. cinnamomi at four
sites in Banksia woodlands in Western Australia. Further, the historical extent and rate of spread of P. cinnamomi was
assessed at one site between 1953 and 2008. Our assessment identified that three of the four sites were affected by
P. cinnamomi, results that are consistent with on-ground surveys. Investigation of disease progression at one site
found a large increase in the area impacted between 1974 and 1988 and the rate of spread was highest between 1953
and 1963 (1.286 m year 1
) and lowest between 1997 and 2008 (0.526 m year 1
). The techniques presented provide a
cost-effective tool to monitor broad-scale vegetation dynamics over time for management of this plant pathogen.

History

Journal

Australian Journal of Botany

Volume

60

Issue

6

Pagination

495 - 495

Publisher

CSIRO Publishing

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

0067-1924

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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