Team: Gerry Turpin (ATH), Stephanus (Fanie) Venter (ATH).
Research is being undertaken to document the ways in which Indigenous people of the Cape Flattery-Hopevale area (NE Qld) use plants for medicine.
Team: Jonathan Cornelius (ATH, JCU), Tony Page (ATH, JCU)
In Vanuatu, the JCU Agroforestry and Novel Crops Unit, in partnership with the national Forestry Department is identifying the conditions required for a successful wild sandalwood (Santalum spp.) industry based on sustainable production in agroforestry systems. Natural populations of sandalwood are currently endangered due to unsustainable whole-tree extraction.
Team: Jonathan Cornelius (ATH, JCU), Tony Page (ATH, JCU) and PNG partners
Development of a PNG timber industry based on community-based planted forests.
Team: Jonathan Cornelius (JCU, ATH), Tony Page (JCU, ATH)
In Papua New Guinea, JCU’s Agroforestry and Novel Crops Unit (ANCU), with research partner NARI (the National Agricultural Research Institute), is working on domestication of galip-nut, Canarium indicum (Burseraceae), a widely-consumed local nut species. Development of the galip-nut industry is an important alternative in cocoa-producing provinces such as East New Britain, due to the continuing spread of the cocoa pod borer.