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Subtropical Tree Improvement Collaboration Workshop
Summary As trees provide a flexible and inexpensive solar energy storage system, this project will align with the bioenergy feedstock goal to assess tree varieties for adaptability to future climate scenarios. Research and development into Subtropical (and tropical) tree improvement has been fragmented in Australia for many years with periods of collaboration between state government, federal government and industry focused on shortlived projects. An approach that is better suited for the domestication of longlived tree species is the formation of a ‘cooperative’ or ‘alliance’ to consolidate and focus R&D. It is proposed that a workshop is convened to draw together parties with interest in subtropical tree improvement and attempt to reach a consensus on how to structure R&D to achieve the longterm outcome of delivering genetically improved seedlings to improve the productivity of industrial and farm forestry plantings suitable for bioenergy crops. A process similar to what was undertaken to initiate the Australian Low Rainfall Tree Improvement Group (ALRTIG) will be facilitated and reported on for RIRDC.
Program Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Research organisation CSIRO
Objective summary The objectives of the workshop are –
1.Identify and bring together parties with an interest the genetic improvement of trees for bioenergy and other crops into a workshop setting to facilitate the discussion of opportunities for collaboration
2.Document different funding models that have been used by other groups to facilitate longterm tree improvement research
3.Recommend a process and identify likely participants in a subtropical tree improvement cooperative
4.Suggest to RIRDC pathways to achieve a longterm funding stream that will facilitate the delivery of improved seed for subtropical forest tree bioenergy crop plantings.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Friday, July 23, 2010
Project completion date Monday, February 28, 2011
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority An environmentally sustainable Australia
Rural priority Soil, water and managing natural resources
RIRDC goal BBE-Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Principal researcher Jeremy Brawner
Research manager Duncan Farquhar
Admin contact Rhonda Riches