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Research to help forest industries adapt to climate change

The University of Tasmania, the Southern Tree Breeding Association, and the University of Western Sydney have secured Rudd Government funding to help our forests and forest industries adapt to climate change.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke today announced the offers under the Government’s Forest Industries Climate Change Research Fund.

Twenty projects have been offered support to-date under the research fund, which was an election commitment to help address major knowledge gaps about the impact of climate change on Australia’s forestry and forest industries.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke said it was important to ensure forest industries were prepared for future challenges, including climate change.

The University of Tasmania has been offered $398,054 to develop predictive models of tree growth and forest productivity under future climate change scenarios.

A grant of $299,994 has been offered to the Southern Tree Breeding Association to match the genes of Australia’s forest species with current and future production environments in response to climate change.

The University of Western Sydney has been offered $400,000 to examine the interactive effects of elevated carbon dioxide and increasing temperatures on growth and water use of eucalypts.

“The Government recognises the importance of Australia’s forest industries to our economy, and particularly to the economic growth of regional communities,” Mr Burke said.

“Australia’s forestry and forest products industries turn over around $23 billion annually, and support an estimated 120,000 jobs.”

by S. C.
04 may 2010, World News > Oceania