Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, WA Sandalwood Plantations
Contact: Jo Wheeler
Ph: 9670 3100
Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website
Start Date: 2016 End Date: 2017
Site ID: SA01051SA1
Area (Ha): 201 ha (site 1) and 57 ha (site 2)
Evaluate the response of mid rotation sandalwood to fertiliser treatments.
The trial aims to show:
- The growth rate response of sandalwood trees to the addition of fertilizer
- The heartwood development of sandalwood trees after fertilisers added
These data will be used to develop recommendations for fertiliser use in sandalwood systems
The trial will use 2 different fertiliser treatments over 3 different soil types and measure the response in sandalwood growth.
The objective of this study is to investigate the response of mid-rotation (i.e. age 7 to 8 years old) Australian Sandalwood plantations to two fertiliser treatments (NPK and NPK+trace elements) on three representative soil types (deep sand, sandy duplex and loamy duplex) to determine the potential for fertiliser application on:
- Tree growth response (biomass accumulation) – based on stem diameter measurements; and
- Heartwood development – to be measured by destructive tree sampling.
Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.