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Oil mallees

Oil mallees are promoted and planted in Australian dryland agricultural systems for various environmental benefits, including erosion control, salinity mitigation and biodiversity. Oil mallees are also the basis of a burgeoning woody crop industry.

The Future Farm Industries CRC’s Breeding Woody Crops project is undertaking an initial three-year genetic improvement study of selected species including two oil mallee species – Eucalyptus polybractae and E. Loxophleba (subspecies lissophloia and subspecies gratiae) – and Acacia saligna. The project has also identified another four species for further investigation, including three species of oil mallee (E. porosa, E. viridis and E. bakeri) and Kangaroo Island narrow leaf peppermint (E. cneorifolia).

The Productive Perennials for Biodiversity project is determining the contribution that productive perennials, including oil mallees, can make to the conservation of biodiversity in farming landscapes.

Below is a link to a historical document relevant to Oil Mallees.


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Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) ceased trading on 30 June 2014.

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This site will remain live until 30 June 2017 but is no longer being updated or reviewed.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.