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Jamella treatment

Infected Pandanus at Happy Valley (photo: Bree Jashin)

Infected Pandanus at Happy Valley (photo: Bree Jashin)

Following the information workshop on Jamella last September a 2-day treatment and control working bee was set up by FIA/FINIA. Four FCRC Parks and Gardens staff, two QPWS volunteers, one FIA member/volunteer and two QPWS staff inspected and injected almost 40 plants on private land and road reserve and over 200 plants on Parks land.

QPWS staff, stem injecting Pandanus at Happy Valley February 2012

QPWS staff, stem injecting Pandanus at Happy Valley February 2012

The team used chemical stem injections and leaf stripping to control infestations. The biological control, a wasp, has been confirmed in the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park but there was no evidence found of the wasp while undertaking the treatment on Fraser Island. There will be future control and monitoring of the Happy Valley precinct by FINIA and QPWS.

QPWS staff and volunteers stem injecting Pandanus south of Yidney Rocks February 2012

QPWS staff and volunteers stem injecting Pandanus south of Yidney Rocks February 2012

Treatment of the other 50 infected sites located on Fraser Island will continue. Special thanks go to Bree Jashin for coordinating the workshop and for housing the FCRC staff and the QPWS NRM unit for purchasing two expensive sidewinder pieces of equipment.