The project aims to halt the widespread cases of Pandanus dieback caused by leaf hopperJamella australiae, using proven biological control and mitigation methods.
This will involve translocation of the natural predator of the leafhopper, parasitoid wasps, plus leaf stripping and targeted chemical control. Stakeholder and community education is a fundamental part of the project.
This effectiveness of this work headed by Joel Fostin is well documented and will significantly protect and improve the health and survival rates of pandanus palms in Noosa, an iconic natural asset.
Education and collaboration with community groups and strategic partners including Noosa Council, QPWS, The University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Museum, CSIRO, Noosa bush care, indigenous and conservation groups, NPA, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are pivotal to the project.
Proponent: Peregian Beach Community Association, Inc
This is project is due for completion in June 2018.
- Cash & in-kind contribution: $50,000
- Funding from NBR Foundation: $20,000
- Project value: $70,000