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Research Programme One: Managing and Monitoring for Growth and Health
Issue five- April 2009 e-newsletter
The Monitor - forest information: sensing, measuring and modelling

Welcome, from Program Manager  Mark Hunt

Mark Hunt Welcome to The Monitor­, our first edition of the Program One newsletter for 2009 and the first edition since I assumed the role of Program Manager from Mike Battaglia early last year. In this issue I will outline the role we see The Monitor fulfilling and some of the changes to the program since I came into the role. Thank you everyone for helping to make my transition into the role as smooth and enjoyable as possible ... [Read more ...]

Thoughts from the Program Coordinating Committee Chair, Justine Edwards

JustineJustine Edwards from Great Southern Plantations is the Chair of the Program Coordinating Committee, and here she shares some of her thoughts on the current position of the Program. She writes: 'Having reached the midpoint of the CRC for Forestry, project deliverables are becoming more and more of a focus and this was apparent in the discussions at the Annual Science Meeting in November last year ...' [Read more ...]

A dirty job ...

jody brucePredicting tree and forest growth relies on understanding the impacts of climate, species, stochastic events (including management) and site. Jody Bruce of CSIRO has been developing a regional-scale understanding of how site features explain soil properties—an understanding that is necessary to inform decisions about plantation establishment and forest management. [Read more ...]

Visiting student gets mixed up in remote sensing

­Eva Ampe - thumb One of the most challenging aspects of trying to determine the condition of plantation trees in remotely sensed images is minimising the influence of objects beneath the canopy. A masters student from Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven in Belgium, Ms Eva Ampe, visited the Wattle Range and Green Hills study areas to help determine the best method for unmixing our images to measure forest health. [Read more ...]

Farewell to Paul Drake

Paul DrakeDr Paul Drake has been employed as a postdoctoral research fellow at Murdoch University for the past two-and-a-half years working with Project 1.2.1. Paul’s work has been largely completed and he is now moving on to his next challenge.

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The French connection: Nathalie Long and carbon isotope discrimination

image of Nathalie Long with slingshot

 French student Nathalie Long is us­ing carbon isotope discrimination to consider genetic variability in Eucalyptus globulus as part of her PhD program at Murdoch University.

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Tool for examining impact of defoliation on plantation productivity

A version of the forest growth model CABALA is being developed that that will allow users to examine the impact of defoliation on plantation productivity. Users can stipulate the pattern, severity, timing and frequency of defoliation, as well as foliage discoloration (e.g. due to pathogen attack) and any silvicultural interventions. [Read more …]

Getting to grips with the competition

image of canopy from beneathPlant competition may be particularly important in the first few years of forest growth.  Tony O’Grady has been working with industry partners in Tasmania and the Green Triangle to establish a series of trials consisting of paired growth plots with and without competition in eucalypt and pine plantations to develop a better understanding of how competition affects forest health. [Read more ...]

Considering canopy dynamics from more than one angle

litter traps under treesIn forests, the exchange of carbon and water between the atmosphere and the soil is driven by canopy leaf area, its turnover and its distribution in space and time. Mila Bristow—a postdoctoral research scientist—and her Queensland colleagues have been investigating these factors and related forest processes such as crown architecture and decomposition in subtropical plantations near Gympie in Queensland. [Read more ...]

Introducing Dr Dean Severino

Dean_thumbMeet Dean Severino—the new Project Steering Committee Chair for Project 1.4.  Dean is Senior Research Forester at Great Southern Limited and is currently based in the Northern Territory.

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