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The NZDFI is now well-established, and, as a partner of the MBIE Specialty Wood Products Partnership, has secure funding for seven years (2015-2022).
2010 – Over the fencepost: Organics Aotearoa New Zealand, produced a report ‘Over the fencepost’ for the organic farming sector, which was struggling under new certification constraints banning the use of CCA-treated posts. The report provided details of various acceptable alternatives to CCA treated posts.
Durable eucalypt posts, especially home-grown ones, were the preferred option of the report’s author, organic farmer Heather Atkinson, who is now also a member of the NZDFI Extension Team.
2010 - Australian work on growth strain in young trees continues, leading to a publication: The wood properties of subtropical and tropical hardwood plantation timber grown for high-value products in Australia (Harding et al 2012). This work led to the establishment of NZDFI's new field testing and growth strain assessment at Murray's Nursery, Woodville.
2011 – the second NZ durable eucalypts workshop: the NZDFI/University of Canterbury workshop held a second successful workshop, ‘Developing a durable eucalypt resource: learning from Australia and elsewhere’. This workshop saw presentations from 11 Australian researchers plus a number of NZ researchers:
|Brad Potts, Matthew Hamilton & David Blackburn||Genetics of Eucalypts: traps and opportunities|
|Michael Henson||Fast tracking genetic improvement|
|David Cliffe||Best nursery practice|
|Chris Harwood||Introductions: doing it right|
|David Lee, Anton Zbonak & Rob McGavin||Development of argophloia in Queensland: lessons learnt|
|Merv Shepherd||Early decisions in eucalypt domestication; species delineation, geographic variation and outbreeding depression|
|Chris Beadle, Jane Medhurst & David Forrester||Linking silvicultural management to solidwood values|
|Philip Smethurst||Genotype-site matching and managing for abiotic constraints: dryland eucalypts for the South Island|
|Tim Wardlaw||Managing biotic risks|
|David Bush||Selecting and breeding eucalypts for natural durability|
|Luis Apiolaza et al||Introducing durable species in New Zealand drylands: genetics of early adaptation of Eucalyptus bosistoana|
|Luis Apiolaza et al||NZ Dryland Forests Initiative: learning from others|
2015 – the SWPP is formed: the NZDFI becomes a partner in MBIE’s Specialty Woods Products Partnership SWPP, which receives seven-year, $7 million funding from government and industry partners to boost research and development into growing and marketing alternatives to radiata pine.