The NZ Dryland Forests Innovation (NZDFI) is a collaborative research and development programme. Our vision is to develop a sustainable multi-regional hardwood industry based on planting genetically improved durable eucalypt forests from 2020 to 2050.

New Year, New Name and New Structure for NZDFI

We start 2023 with some exciting changes - NZDFI is now NZ Dryland Forests Innovation rather than Initiative. Our by-line has changed from ‘Breeding Tomorrow’s Trees Today’ to ‘Breeding durable heartwood,  whakatipu taikākā mauroa'.

These changes mark the start of a new era for NZDFI, with the establishment of a commercial company, XyloGene/NZDFIP Ltd, which will handle production and sales of our improved nursery stock. We have a new website


Project Update out now!

Read all about these changes in our latest Project Update newsletter which also includes news of our recent major research funding award.

  • NZDFI awarded $262,000 SLMACC funding for Marlborough regional sustainability study
  • An update on our Permanent Sample Plot analyses
  • Eucalypt health research progress
  • A study into the machinability of Eucalyptus globoidea
  • A new review of preservative treated timber in New Zealand.

...and much more....  Enjoy!

Details of NZDFI's new structure.

Field crew at work - SLMACC project.

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