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Identifying and developing Australian native species as biofuel crops
Summary This project would identify new opportunities by determining ways to select the highest energy biomass sources amongst Australian native species as bioenergy crops.

Through consultation with others working in complementary areas a literature review will be prepared that will define the approaches needed to minimise environmental implications of bioenergy production in relation to water usage, land requirements and competition with foodproducing crops. This project will provide the direction to optimal biomass production that will not be focussed solely on yield but on the yield of biomass of the correct composition and energy density. It is hoped that the literature review will be used to guide further research efforts into particular Australian plant families or geographic regions in order to further support the development of a long term sustainable industry in Australia.
Program Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Research organisation Southern Cross University
Objective summary The overall objectives of this project are:
1. report on existing knowledge of Australian species which show potential
2. report on species suitability in relation to overall positive net energy return
3. identify potential species which will not compete with existing agricultural systems for resources
4. identify knowledge gaps thereby assisting to define future research
5. define criteria for the selection of species that produce suitable biomass
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Friday, June 13, 2008
Project completion date Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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National priority Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries
Rural priority Advanced Technology
RIRDC goal BBE-Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Principal researcher Robert Henry OLD LOGIN
Research manager Duncan Farquhar
Admin contact Robyn Anderson