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.
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
The impacts of plantations and native forests on water security: Review and scientific assessment of regional issues and research needs
There is a need to explicitly examine where plantations and water policy may be in conflict at regional levels across Australia and develop specific recommendations for where research can assi... Read More
Evaluation of research expenditure and capacity in forestry and forest products in Australia 2007-2008 and development of research
Expenditure on forestry and forest products research in Australia has been estimated for the 2007/08 year using similar methods to those used in several past assessments and was about $59.6 mi... Read More
Comparison of solid wood quality and mechanical properties of three species and nine provenances of 18-year old eucalypts grown in clearwood plantations across southwest Western Australia
This project examined the log quality, solid wood quality, butt-log wood properties and mechanical properties of culled trees of E. globulus, E. viminalis and E. saligna. The plantations were ... Read More
Review of Alternative Pine Species for Low-Rainfall Zones of Australia
A review was conducted of pine species with potential for application in plantation forestry on ‘low-rainfall’ sites in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Here... Read More
User Guide - Commercial model to assess pruning and thinning options in eucalypt plantations for appearance grade products (TreeTOP Software)
TreeTOP is a generic stand growth model, which helps users decide when and whether Tree Thinning or Pruning (Tree T.o.P) is viable. The model is Microsoft Excel based, reasonably sophisticated... Read More
Genetic gain optimisation in tree breeding (MATEPLAN) and deployment (SEEDPLAN)
During the last decade the Southern Tree Breeding Association has generated and developed strategically important intellectual property and tools for tree improvement in Pinus radiata, Eucalyp... Read More
Predicting and managing the impacts of commercial plantations on catchment water balances
This report describes a project to develop a reliable and accepted planning tool to predict the transpiration and hydrological impacts of existing or proposed plantations in relation to their ... Read More
Comparing the biodiversity impacts of timber and other building materials
Building codes in Australia and other countries are increasing their environmental sustainability requirements; life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies will play a prominent role in shaping ... Read More