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'Operation Sting' created parasitic attack agent to fight a war against a devastating new enemy

Australian scientists are working to breed a strike force of introduced wasps to unleash on another pest. Find out more in this article

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Tree rust research

Associate Professor David Lee is leading a research project identifying tree species that are resistant to a destructive leaf fungus, called 'myrtle rust'. The findings of this project could help save at-risk forestry plantations and ecosystems in the future.

FastTRUCK project to improve forest transport operations

The Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC) research team has developed an electronic tool, called 'Fast Truck', which has been adopted by over half of the pine plantation industry in Australia and has resulted in a 10 per cent saving to their operations. In dollar terms, without any major shift in technology, this could provide more than two million dollars in savings to the Australian industry annually.

Biological control of Eucalyptus pests

The Biological Control of Eucalyptus Pests (BiCEP) project provides coordinated, collaborative solutions for the management of eucalypt pests worldwide. BiCEP partners and collaborators around the world are working together to identify, evaluate, distribute and monitor biological control agents for the major eucalypt pest species. Its approach promotes effective broadscale management of eucalypt pests in numerous countries across a broad range of climatic zones.

Investigator(s) Project name Funding body Amount
Professor Mark Brown Establishment of the Australian Forestry Operations Research Alliance (AFORA)

Private Forests Tasmania, Hancock Victorian Plantations Pty Ltd, Gunns Forest Products, WA Plantation Resources, Norske Skog Paper Mills (Australia) Ltd, Forests New South Wales, Asset Forestry Logistics, HQPlantations Pty Ltd, VICForests, South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd, Forestry South Australia, Forestry Tasmania, SFM Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd, PF Olsen (Aus) Pty Ltd, Forest Products Commission Western Australia, Australian Bluegum Plantations Pty Ltd, Albany Plantation Export Company, Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association

Associate Professor David Lee Collaboration with the China Eucalypt Research Centre on disease resistance screening to protect trees from eucalyptus rust and other pathogens’ Australia–China Science Research Fund A$28,010
Dr Mohammad Ghaffariyan, Dr Nick Brown Woody biomass for renewable energy generation within the Sunshine Coast region of south-east Queensland Sunshine Coast Council A$10,000
Dr Mauricio Acuna, Dr Mohammad Ghaffariyan, Mr Damian Walsh, Professor Mark Brown, Mr Martin Strandgard

Project 1.8 Productivity – Optimisation for multi-rotation plantations systems

Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry A$185,000
Professor Mark Brown Improving the Papua New Guinea balsa value chain to enhance smallholder livelihoods Australian National University A$12,600
Dr Mohammad Ghaffariyan, Dr Raffaele Spinelli Efficienct bioenergy supply chains from oil mallee plantation belts Cooperative Research Centre for Future Farm Industries A$15,000
Associate Professor David Lee New Caledonia dry areas forestry Southern Province of New Caledonia A$46,942
Dr Helen Fairweather, Mr Cameron Sheedy, Mr Henri Ballier, Professor Mark Brown Exploration of composite bamboo and wood structure in SE-Queensland Sunshine Coast Council/University of the Sunshine Coast A$5,000
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