Saltgrow hybrid breeding program for commercial rehabilitation of saline discharge sites
- Client: Saltgrow
Direction of the Saltgrow salt tolerant hybrid program for breeding, development and commercialisation of salt-tolerant hybrid eucalypts for commercial rehabilitation of saline land including:
- Selection of breeding parents and crossing program
- Clonal propagation of hybrid progeny
- Securing of partners for trials
- Trial design
- Trial establishment, management, measurement and analysis
- Selection of elite clones
- Supporting research including saline land management, timber properties, catchment impacts
Dryland salinity is a major issue affecting agricultural production and the environment. Across Australia, dryland salinity is projected to affect over 17million ha of productive farmland.
The XylonovA R&D Program, and Saltgrow hybrid Eucalypt program aimed to turn a major environmental problem into an opportunity by breeding fast-growing salt-tolerant eucalypt hybrids with desirable wood properties for re-vegetation of saline affected land. The vision of the program was a commercial approach to retuning degraded land to production, with off-site catchment benefits provided by lowering water tables. The program successfully established over 500 trials across Australia and demonstrated the capacity to achieve commercial returns from degraded land.
Benefit to Client:
This program provided the technology transfer step to develop Saltgrow hybrids from an experimental outcome into a commercial product marketed to land owners and land management organisations around Australia.
- Market Sector: Renewable resources - agriculture, grazing and forestry
- Irrigated forest & fodder crops for beneficial use of waste water
- Groundwater and salinity management
- Tree and crop improvement
- Location: NSW
- Year: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006