Evaluating Agroforestry Species and Industries for lower rainfall regions of South-eastern Australia. FloraSearch 1a.

221 pages
Code: 07-079
Published: 16 Jan 2009
Author(s): Mike Bennell, Trevor Hobbs
ISBN: 1-74151-476-2

This report details the outcomes of an agroforestry species selection and evaluation process aimed at identifying Australian native species with potential for development as broad scale commercial woody biomass crops in the lower rainfall regions of southeastern Australia. It also reviews and prioritises a range of potential industry types that could utilise large volumes of plant biomass grown in the 250-650 mm rainfall zone from short-cycle woody crops. Spatial models of plantation productivity, existing and potential industry infrastructure, and expected landholder economic returns have been used to identify regions and industries with the greatest potential for new agroforestry development. It allows rural landholders, large-scale biomass industries, government agencies and research managers to make informed decisions about appropriate species and industry selections for agroforestry development in the lower rainfall regions of southeastern Australia. It aims to influence decision makers at all levels involved in developing sustainable and productive agroforestry within Australian low rainfall farming systems.