Management of Dieback Disease in Mineral Exploration
Dieback is a fungal disease which kills a wide variety of plants in moist parts of Western Austalia. The disease is particularly well known for its serious effect on Jarrah forests. However, it seriously affects many plants in a wide range of environments. Mineral exploration, which is mostly a short-term, low impact, land-assessment activity, should not cause long-term detrimental effects. However, without taking the necessary care, exploration activities can spread infection into areas of native vegetation which would not otherwise be contaminated.
This guide is directed to mineral explorationists - to help individuals, company staff, and contractors to define and accept standards of field operation that will help to prevent the spread of the disease.