Adding value to blue mallee plantations
Grant number: LP150100798 | Funding period: 2015 - 2019
The project aims to develop the tools and knowledge required for establishing and enhancing the profitability of plantations of blue mallee (Eucalyptus polybractea). This is important because mallees have considerable potential for sustainable essential oil and biomass production in low rainfall regions, and they can sequester considerable amounts of carbon in their below-ground parts. The project intends to produce trees with improved oil quality and yields through chromosome doubling and breeding, and to dissect the mechanisms that underpin essential oil production through the production of mutants and studies of the main monoterpene producing enzyme.