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CRC for Forestry News - issue six (September 2010)

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Issue six- September 2010 e-newsletter
CRC for Forestry News - science for sustainable forest landscapes

From the CEO

Gordon DuffThree major challenges for the Australian forestry sector will be the focus of a bid for extension funding for the CRC for Forestry: growing the production forest resource, improving the competitiveness of the industry, and ensuring an ongoing 'social licence' by managing forest landscapes for a range of values.  [read more]

Annual Science Meeting: Hands on with science

hypothetical participants at ASM 2010The CRC’s Annual Science Meeting combined entertainment with education to help end users get ‘hands on’ with science. More than 140 delegates attended the meeting in Fremantle in May, enjoying a forest management hypothetical, as well as research presentations and student posters. [read more]

Reducing value-limiting defects in plantation-grown Eucalyptus nitens

e nitens boards outside kilnRecent research by the CRC has identified that value-limiting defects in plantation-grown Eucalyptus nitens can be largely eliminated through careful selection of drying and reconditioning strategies. The research has implications for the commercial use of Eucalyptus nitens for solid and engineered wood products. [read more]

FibrePlus: Adding value from a 'waste product'

image of fibreplus chipsEarly results from a CRC for Forestry research trial suggest a triple win for everyone in the log supply chain. Extraction of a secondary biomass product suitable for papermaking has been achieved without prohibitive impact on the primary operation, and its extraction will make site preparation for the next rotation easier and cheaper. [read more]

Managing biodiversity in native forest remnants

There are important implications for plantation managers from recent CRC studies on understorey vegetation in native forest remnants within plantation landscapes. The findings of these studies may help plantation managers better manage for biodiversity and maintain forest product certification. [read more]

Climate change and the carbon cycle

Martin MoroniThe challenges for production forestry posed by climate change, and the opportunities for forestry to mitigate its effects, were discussed at a recent presentation by a leading Australian forest carbon scientist, Martin Moroni. Dr Moroni is a collaborating researcher with the CRC for Forestry. [read more]

Award for CRC program manager, and key staff movements

Professor Brad Potts has again been recognised for his research in eucalypt genetics with a University of Tasmania Award for Research Excellence; the CRC welcomes a new Communications Manager, Samantha Meyer; and there is a new face in the role of Business Manager, Corinne Jager. [read more]

Getting research into action: Coming events and recent publications

research bulletins program 3 - thumbA free public lecture on forests as carbon sinks is among coming events of interest; and a number of recent CRC for Forestry technical reports and research bulletins are now available. [read more]