Funding for forestry research
Research into African mahogany plantations in the Northern Territory (NT) has been awarded national research funding.
The four-year research project is looking to maximise value from African mahogany plantations and is the first Territory project to attract forest wood products research and development funding through the Federal Government Voluntary Matching program.
African mahogany has been grown commercially in the NT since 2006 to produce wood products for high value markets. African mahogany plantations in the NT are expected to have a value of $150 million by 2019.
Plantation forestry is an important contributor to our economy, with the Territory and Queensland Governments providing research support through their agricultural research divisions.
The project will examine best practice in silviculture - the practice of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forests to meet diverse needs and values. Research will focus on different fertilising, pruning and thinning techniques as well as optimum practices for growing the NT’s African mahogany. .
Read more about forestry in the NT