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.
17.03.22: A review of current mechanical & robotic tree pruning equipment
This desktop review report provides an overview of current and emerging mechanical and robotic tree pruning equipment for use in plantation forest management. Recently, increased interest has been expressed by plantation forest managers in the potential economic use of mechanical or robotic tree pruning systems to do pruning either for bushfire risk management or improved ...Read More
08.09.21: Evaluating and modelling radiata pine wood quality in the Murray valley region (PNC325-1314)
There is increasing pressure to boost plantation productivity in radiata pine. It is critical, however, where gains are achieved, that wood quality is maintained. The main options available to forest managers to increase productivity are genetic improvement and silvicultural adjustments, but they still lack tools by which to understand potential quality implications, particularly of the ...Read More
11.02.21: Lifting farm gate profits: the role of natural capital accounts (RRD030-1617)
The objective of the Rural Research for Development and Profit program is to lift farm gate profitability of primary producers across Australia, by investing in emerging tools and technologies, strengthening the path to adoption and fostering new collaborations. This project targeted the program objective of better management of natural resources to improve certainty of supply, ...Read More
14.09.20: Re-measurement of lower-rainfall farm forestry species in Victoria to improve genetic quality & establishment: A report on Establishment Techniques, Sawlog Species Comparison & E. cladocalyx Progeny Trials in south-west Victoria after eighteen years.
This report documents the results from three trials in the Lismore area of Western Victoria that were established in 2002-2003 to improve knowledge of growth rates and species suitability for farm forestry plantings on lower rainfall sites in Victoria. They include a trial of establishment techniques, a sawlog species comparison and a progeny trial for ...Read More
17.07.20: Lifting farmgate profitability through high value modular agroforestry (RRD401-1516)
This project aimed to increase the number and area of trees on farms in configurations that will promote increased farm gate profitability. The objective was to demonstrate that trees can be a profitable component of farming systems, such that farmers will be keen to establish them based on their merits. The intention is that this ...Read More
02.04.20: Improving productivity of the private native forest resource in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales (PNC379-1516)
Private native forests across Queensland and New South Wales (NSW) are an important source of domestic timber supply upon which the Australian hardwood timber industry depends. The aim of this project was to generate new information for the timber industry and landholders on the timber producing potential of private native forests in southern Queensland and ...Read More
10.03.20: Next Generation Forest Plantation Investment
The main objective of this project was to develop new approaches to integrating trees for commercial harvest within rural landscapes that deliver on-farm and wider economic, environmental and social benefits while also supporting profitable, resilient, publicly-supported high value regional industries. The Next Generation Forest Plantation Investment Project (VNC423 -1617) was driven by the need for ...Read More
15.12.19: The Prize
The 2020 National University Wood Challenge is looking to support teams of students and academics to come up with new ideas of how we can use wood in innovative ways. The prize will provide support to up to four small teams to bring their innovative, novel or untested ideas for new products to life, ...Read More
07.11.19: Enhanced forest inventory practice using immersive visualisation and measurement of dense point cloud data
The aim of this project was to provide Australian commercial forest growers and forest service providers with knowledge of and access to a VR-based visualization software application. The project enabling 3D immersive remote assessments of individual trees using dense point cloud data. The primary question or measure that defined the project is whether forestry field ...Read More
19.06.19: Production Forest Methodologies for the Emissions Reduction Fund
This FWPA funded project, entitled Production Forest Methodologies for the Emissions Reduction Fund (PNC354-1415), sought to capture opportunities under ERF for forest managers and wood processors in both the native forest and plantation sectors through the development of a suite of GHG reduction methodologies including through: Carbon sequestration in long-rotation plantations; Carbon sequestration through the ...Read More