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Silvicultural systems to optimise value from northern Australian Mahogany Plantations

African mahogany is an internationally important, high-value timber species, and early trials in northern Australia have demonstrated significant potential for plantation expansion. This investment in the Douglas Daly region of the Northern Territory focussed on understanding how fertilisation and management of plantation density impacts on wood quality. The work included studying the impacts of thinning, fertilisation, pruning, and water supply on the growth and health of plantations, and on the processing properties of the resulting mahogany timber. The outcomes will be applicable across northern Australia and will provide sustainable plantation management systems and increase confidence to market Australian-grown African mahogany into high value markets.

Project date

31 Jul 2016-30 Dec 2020

Principal investigator

John McGrath

Research organisation

McGrath Forestry Services

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Forestry Natural capital assets Other rural industries

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA)

Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA) is a not-for-profit company that provides national, integrated research and development services to …

Multiple industries
Forestry Natural capital assets Other rural industries
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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