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BTC/122/2017 - Barrell on....How science and collaboration can help city trees. Horticulture Week Opinion (June 2017)

Brisbane is hot and its people need trees for heat relief, so when an
aggressive fungus, Phellinus noxious, began killing its biggest figs in
2006, the city reacted with a corporate programme to stop the rot.

A collaboration between Brisbane City Council, Australian research
company ENSPEC ( and fungal scientist Professor Dr
Francis Schwarze ( based in Switzerland
focused on an antagonistic fungus genus, Trichoderma, and the result
has the potential to change the world of tree pest management.

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