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PlantClinic in the Royal Botanic Gardens houses the Plant Pathology and Mycology research program and the Plant Disease Diagnostic Unit.

All plants get diseases and most of them are caused by fungi. Some of the worst groups are Fusarium, Ganoderma and Armillaria. From our research at the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust we have discovered a number of fungi new to science, and new diseases affecting Australian plants - not only in botanic gardens but also in our forests. We think only about 15% of the fungi in Australia are known, and only a fraction have been studied in detail. By understanding which fungi cause diseases, and by researching their biology, we can predict how they can best be controlled.

The PlantClinic pages were updated in 2018 by Edward Liew, Brett Summerell, Matthew Laurence, Zoe-Joy Newby and Patricia Meagher,
with editing by Amelia Martyn Yenson.

We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.