The Resources category covers research projects such as forest policy, growth and yield modelling, wood quality, forest health management, silviculture, water use, soil quality, plant disease, tree genetics, tree breeding and resource evaluation.
Major issues include forest management strategies for climate change and maximising the greenhouse advantages of forest products.
A key goal is to increase industry profitability and ensure efficient use of inputs throughout the industry’s value chain.
Analysis of Nutrient Depletion in a Radiata Pine Plantation
This project analysed the effects of accelerated loss of nutrients from a pine plantation site, looking at forest productivity and nutrient status. Over 16 years, at approximately six monthly ... Read More
Adoption of new airborne technologies for improving efficiencies and accuracy of estimating standing volume and yield modeling in Pinus radiata plantations
Updating forest inventories of P. radiata plantations can be very expensive, with traditional methods costing from $25 to $40 per hectare. However LiDAR (Airborne Laser Scanner) data combined ... Read More
Industry-wide genetic analysis of tree breeding data using TREEPLAN®
Selecting the best tree for any particular location or economic situation, whether that is for sawn timber or pulp, is the key goal of the TREEPLAN software. TREEPLAN is used for genetic eval... Read More
Seeking a balance between forestry and biodiversity – the role of variable retention silviculture
Variable retention (VR) is a harvesting system, developed in the Pacific Northwest of USA and Canada, that is increasingly being used worldwide to achieve improved biodiversity and social outc... Read More
Myrtle Rust – Forest Industry Issues Paper
This report outlines and reviews the potential implications and exposure of the recent discovery in Australia of the exotic plant-disease Myrtle rust (Puccinia psidii). It also aims to provide... Read More
The role of forest management in greenhouse-gas mitigation: a contextual framework for Australia
This paper examines how carbon values should be incorporated into Australian forest management and how forests could best be managed to take up and store carbon from the atmosphere. The paper... Read More
An audit of forest biosecurity arrangements and preparedness in Australia
Although serious pest and disease outbreaks in forestry are relatively rare, current biosecurity arrangements for plantation forestry are poorly defined. This project gathered alternative view... Read More
Introduction of the wasp Diaeretus essigellae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Aphidiini) for biological control of Monterey Pine Aphid, Essigella californica (Hemiptera: Aphididae: Cinarini) in Australia
The Monterey pine aphid, Essigella californica, was first recorded in Australia in 1998. By 2004 it was reported to be causing significant economic losses through defoliation and associated re... Read More
Managing subtropical pines for improved wood production based on a better understanding of genetics, silviculture, environment and their interactions
Australia’s sub-tropical pine plantations of Slash pine (Pinus elliottii), Caribbean pine (Pinus caribaea), and hybrids between these species are an important source of high quality, structura... Read More
Rapid screening of commercial forestry species to Uredo rangelii (myrtle rust) and distinguishing U. rangelii from Puccinia psidii (guava rust)
Myrtle rust (Uredo rangelii) was detected on 23 April 2010 on a cut flower growing property on the central coast of NSW. Myrtle rust is a fungal species that has been described as part of the ... Read More