Old Man Saltbush

The old man saltbush improvement project will expand the use of old man saltbush through the selection of new cultivars with improved biomass production, nutritional value and palatability for livestock.

The project utilises comprehensive germplasm collections established in NSW, WA and SA where initial measurements demonstrated substantial variability in plant growth, relative palatability to sheep and nutritional characteristics.

The research team used a combination of sheep preference and traditional agronomic and laboratory measurements to help select the most palatable and digestible lines of old man saltbush. From the original collection, research plots of 90 elite lines of the preferred material were propagated vegetatively and grown across three new trial sites in Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales. Results from these research plots enabled the team to identify the top 12 lines. After further testing at 12 sites across a diverse range of environments, several cultivars are expected to becommercialised in time for planting in 2014.


Old Man Saltbush Project Leader: Hayley Norman


Further Information


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

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The CRC was funded for seven years (2007-2014) under the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre program.