Biomass industries are those based on producing and using plant biomass. The Future Farm Industries CRC is researching and encouraging industries based on trees and shrubs planted to produce biomass for use in bioenergy plants to produce for renewable electricity or renewable transport fuels. The Future Farm Industries CRC’s activities are largely concentrated on frequent harvesting and chipping of the top growth of mallees, which are very well adapted to wheatbelt conditions.
The Future Farm Industries CRC’s Woody Biomass Supply Assessment project examines the potential for viable regional processing of regional biomass production to create bioenergy.
The Nutrient and Water Management project looks at the sustainability of mallee biomass production over an extended period of harvesting and coppicing.
The Breeding Woody Crops project is looking to improve biomass yield and cineole yield and quality in mallees. The project has identified three major species selections as being potential suitable for short-cycle woody crops for integrating into mixed farm agricultural systems.
The Woody Crop Harvesting System project is developing a harvesting system for short cycle woody crops, including a self-propelled chipper harvester, which will be an essential component to enable future development of biomass industries.
This website contains information about the CRC’s research into perennial plant based farming systems.
This site will remain live until 30 June 2017 but is no longer being updated or reviewed.
Further information about CRC research projects can be obtained by following links from relevant project pages or by viewing the research transfer page.
The CRC was funded for seven years (2007-2014) under the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre program.