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.
A Review of the Science of Public Native Forest Management for Sustainable Timber Production in Victoria
A large amount of research has been undertaken in native forests in Victoria over the last fifty years by Government Departments, Universities and some private studies. Some has been pub... Read More
Forestry and Forest Products Research Summary of Changes in Capacity 2008-2011
A desk-top analysis was undertaken of changes in forestry-based scientific research capacity since the last review of research expenditure (2008) was undertaken. The review used direct contact... Read More
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