Simbithi Eco-Estate was privileged to host an update on the impact of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) at our Pavilion Room, earlier this week.
The event, organised by our active Environmental Commitee, was designed to provide feedback on Simbithi's progress in managing the PSHB outbreak, and to discuss ways in which to identify the PSHB to mitigate damage.
The panel comprised:
Graeme Leslie, a resident of Simbithi, presented an outline of the biology/ecology of this pest and its origins, spread and the risks posed by its biology.
Hilton Fryer, Johannesburg resident who developed the website PSHB.co.za to spread/share knowledge about this pest. He has also developed the Tree Survey mobile app to provide the public with a free way to report PSHB infestation. Hilton updated us on these apps and presented the latest on treatment.
Johan Bodenstein is an Environmental Practitioner and director of Indiflora CC. He discussed the tree species the beetle is attacking on the N. Coast and the impact it is having on our beautiful coastal forests, Estates and suburbs.
Ross Walters, also a resident on Simbithi discussed how aerial (drone) surveys are able to indicate trees under stress leading to possible early detection and help to assess the extent and intensity of tree damage caused by the PSHB.
This was followed by an interactive Q & A session.
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