Mallee Breeding


The Future Farm Industries CRC’s mallee breeding project aims to breed mallees that produce more biomass and have higher cineole content than their wild type counterparts.

Research has focused on the eastern Australian species Eucalyptus polybracteae and Western Australian mallee species Eucalyptus loxophleba subsp. lissopholoia and subsp. gratiae, E. kochii subsp. kochii subsp. plenissima and subsp. borealis, and E. angustissima subsp. angustissima.

Initial research screened more than 6500 trees growing in the bush for high cineole content, with records kept of individual trees. The emphasis then shifted from cineole content towards biomass production, with a view to supplying biomass to the emerging bioenergy industry.
The research has used replicated progeny trials, planted on grids, with data collected on individual trees. Researchers now have a vast database containing details of biomass, breeding value, leaf cineole and pedigree for each tree.

The mallee breeding work is an integral part of developing a mallee-based industry in the future.


Richard Mazanec, WA Department of Parks and Wildlife


Further Information


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This site will remain live until 30 June 2017 but is no longer being updated or reviewed.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