Over the last few years we have collaborated with a number of groups including the University of Queensland’s Legume Group (headed by Peter Gresshoff), Origin Energy, and a number of other vital partners. During this time we have produced many significant advances in the selection and cloning of pongamia. Click “read more” to see some pictures from our various projects.
Sheep graizing in 5 year old trees at Elimbah research farm.
BioEnergy Research is currently involved in a research program with the University of Queensland, which involves the selection of high yielding varieties of Pongamia (Millettia). So far it has yielded many results, including 5 elite trees. The research is continuing to improve the yield potential of these trees.
On top of this, BioEnergy Research has a tissue culture lab on the Sunshine Coast, and a Trial Nursery and Farm in Wamuran, QLD.
(below) Landline 9th of May 2010
The trial we started with the University of Queensland at the Roma Origin Energy site.
*note, a factual error exists in this article. “A hectare of the trees can produce 5500 litres of biodiesel a year – enough to run 100 cars for a year.” should read “enough to run 100 cars for a week @ 55 litres per week”. “Farmers are already rushing to get hold of seeds imported from the South American rainforests to grow plantations of trees that will produce alternative fuel to run machinery and vehicles on their properties. And scientists say the potential of some native Australian plants to be grown commercially as a renewable fuel source for transport and industry is exciting. Researchers from the University of Queensland have partnered with Origin Energy and Pacific Renewable Energy on several hectares of pilot plantations of pongamia pinnata – sometimes referred to as native wisteria – at Roma and Caboolture.
THIS tree deserves a hug. It has rescued Indian villagers from starvation and helped fight malaria. But it’s not resting on its laurels. The Pongamia Pinnata tree is now being investigated as a way to help Australia’s efforts to avert climate change, by providing a low-cost, non-polluting alternative to greenhouse gas-emitting fuels. UN advisers on climate change have warned that greenhouse gas emissions must peak within eight years if a global temperature rise is to stay within a manageable level. Meanwhile energy experts see global oil output reaching a peak in the near future. The hunt for alternative fuels has begun, but it is a minefield where many solutions have dire side-effects.