The New Zealand Dryland Forests Initiative (NZDFI) is a commercially-oriented research and development project. It aims to develop genetically improved planting stock and management systems for ground-durable eucalypt species suited to New Zealand’s dryland regions.

Latest Project Update out now!

Our latest Project Update is available, with a summary of our research and development activities over the second half of 2019. As ever, the team has been very busy! Read all about:

  • 2018 demonstration trials - seedling survival and frost damage
  • Propagation and breeding updates
  • Research updates from our post-graduate students including:
    • Modelling stem properties
    • Wood quality and durability
    • Essential oil analysis
    • Genomic and taxonomic research
    • Insect pest studies.

And more besides!

NZDFI Project Update, July - December 2019

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Post-graduate student Leslie Mann, assessing pest defoliation of a tree shoot. Leslie is a PhD student working in eucalypt health.


Some of the essential oils extracted from E. bosistoana leaves.

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