Biomass Business (4.12)

Through spatial information, Biomass Business empowers Australia’s response to climate change by transforming the way public and private land managers balance agricultural productivity and sustainability.

Biomass Business is developing and evaluating new measurement and interpretation protocols and knowledge/data access systems based on field-scale, quantitative measurement and mapping of biomass in its many forms (including animals). This theme reflects the inextricable link between increasing agricultural productivity and the need to secure landscape diversity and health.

The project brings together leading proponents of production agriculture and public land management with a significantly expanded partner base and scope.

Highlights

The water use efficiency and pasture use efficiency (east coast) components of this project have concluded and final reports have been prepared.

PhD student Niva Verma has recently had a paper accepted for publication in the prestigious international journal Forest Ecology and Management. This paper proposes an entirely new equation for estimating diameter at breast height (DBH) in Eucalyptus trees based on crown projection area. The notable outcome of this work has been the development of an allometric equation/process that applies to both clustered and single trees.

Project Update

David Lamb, Project Leader. Conference 2012

ULLA Trial

New biomass sensor trial

Developing, evaluating and integrating new knowledge, measurement and interpretation protocols and knowledge/data access systems based on field-scale, quantitative measurement and mapping of biomass

Project Participants

Research & Education - Curtin University - Queensland University of Technology - University of New England

43plEcoLogical Aust - Milne AgriGroup - Sundown Country - Superair - Twynam Agricultural Group

Government - OEH NSW - Landgate