LOW COST PROPAGATION OF EUCALYPTS
D.K. McIntyre and W. Woodruff
Over the past few years there has been an increased awareness of the need to plant trees in Australia. This has been of particular importance on agricultural land, which is being degraded at an alarming rate. Various bodies such as "Greening of Australia" the "National Tree Program" have launched major programs of rural reafforestation.
A large number of ingenious methods have been tried, both in the raising and establishment of trees with varying degrees of success to support these programs. There appear to be three major problems to be overcome for these programs to succeed.
Firstly, plants must have a very low cost so that farmers, reserve managers, and other interested groups with limited budgets can afford to plant and establish significant numbers of trees.
Secondly, these plants must be easily handled and transported in the field, be inexpensive to plant but still with sufficient growth potential to establish quickly when planted out.
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