A deadly plant-infecting fungus has shut down an iconic Australian island

A fungus discovered on Lord Howe Island off Australia’s east coast poses a massive threat to a number of iconic plant species that live there, and the Island’s ecosystem as a whole.

So, what is this fungus? Where did it come from and how did it get to Lord Howe Island? And what dangers does it pose to Australia’s native plant species? 

In this podcast episode of The Science Briefing, Dr Sophie Calabretto gets an update on the fungal outbreak at Lord Howe Island from Cosmos Magazine journalist Imma Perfetto.

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