Breeding program matching oil quality with market demand
It's an essential item in any Australian household - tea tree oil.
Southern Cross University is excited to be part of a new tea tree breeding program based at our Lismore campus, advanced by a $1.6 million industry agreement to support future viability and profitability of the Australian tea tree industry.
The University’s project leader Dr Merv Shepherd from Southern Cross Plant Science Research is looking forward to contributing to the ongoing growth and profitability of an important rural industry.
“Having the tea tree breeding program based at a regional University in the heart of a major growing district will stimulate inter-disciplinary research in genetics, agronomy, product quality and efficacy, which will inform breeding, increase its effectiveness, and provide obvious logistical benefits in the operation of the program.” he said.
Dr Merv Shepherd
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