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

  • A large water use efficiency trial has been completed at Twynam farm “Jemalong” during November and December 2013. The data collected is currently undergoing analysis.
  • Over 100 of Australia’s brightest agriculture students were selected to participate in the first Generation 2050 Student Camp. The students participated in four precision agriculture (Biomass business) sessions.
  • Project Honours student Sean Dickson’s thesis ‘Detection of Lambing and Pre-Lambing Behaviour in Sheep’, received a distinction. This is an outstanding result as the thesis was examined by two of the world’s leading researchers in the field.

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