An Overview Of Recent Nutrition Research For The Rapidly Expanding Eucalyptus Plantation Industry In Australia

The rapid expansion of eucalypt plantations in Australia, now in excess of 50,000 hectares of new plantations annually, is mainly on private land, with areas ranging in size from farm windbreaks and small wood lots to broad-scale plantings.  Due to the fragmented nature of plantings, the wide range of planting sites and the proliferation of plantation management companies, there is an emerging need for collaborative research to maintain and improve plantation productivity through nutrient management.  With the addition of nitrogen and phosphorus at establishment, the ten-year productivity of Eucalyptus globulus can be increased by between 30% and 100%, depending on site characteristics.