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.
Accelerated breeding for high pulp yield in E. nitens using DNA markers identified in 100 cell wall genes: The Hottest 100
Every forestry manager wants trees that will grow efficiently, make the best use of land and water resources and maximise yields. However, traditional selective breeding of trees for desired t... Read More
Western Australian Softwood Resource Evaluation: a survey of key characteristics of the Pinus radiata and Pinus pinaster resources in Western Australia with links to product performance of trees sampled from each resource, as determined by a processing st
Wood properties such as strength and stiffness can vary considerably between trees in plantations, and this variation is expected to become greater as plantations are harvested at younger ages... Read More
Water-use efficient plantations – separating the wood from the leaves
This report presents current knowledge, including published information and some as yet unpublished data, on the effect of plantation management and climate on the water-use efficiency of wood... Read More
A decision support system for maximising profit from nutrient management of mid-rotation radiata pine
Applying fertilisers to pine plantations after thinning could substantially increase the quality and quantity of wood harvested. This study assessed a range of fertiliser types, spreading rate... Read More
Breeding Radiata Pine to Maximise Profits by Incorporating Risk Traits
Australian radiata pine plantations are at risk of being badly affected by a changing climate that will bring more droughts as well as change the distribution and severity of a number of disea... Read More
Using hand held near-infrared radiation (NIR) devices to measure Kraft pulp yield from standing trees
Foresters can now precisely predict Kraft pulp yield from standing trees in eucalypt plantations with hand-held devices that use near-infrared radiation (NIR) and provide immediate results. T... Read More
Climate Change and Australia’s plantation estate: Analysis of vulnerability and preliminary investigation of adaptation options
Australia’s climate is predicted to change by 2030 with average temperatures increasing between 0.4 and 2oC, reductions in average rainfall in southern, southwest and much of eastern Australia... Read More
Mapping foliar nutrition in Pinus radiata from Hyperspectral satellite image data
The objectives of this project were to produce accurate and informative maps of foliar nutrition in Pinus radiata from Hyperion image data; to examine whether nutrition models can be robustly ... Read More
Quantitative and molecular genetics of juvenile wood traits in radiata and slash/Caribbean pines
The project has made benchmark progress in understanding the genetic control of wood formation and interrelationships among wood traits. The project has made 15 primary scientific findin... Read More
Plantation forest water use in southwest Victoria
This project quantified water use in four Tasmanian blue-gum (Eucalyptus globulus) and two radiata pine (Pinus radiata) plantations for 3 years using advanced tree and soil-based measurements.... Read More