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Water use by tree plantations in South-East South Australia

A technical report describing the water use patterns of Tasmanian blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) plantations in South-East South Australia.

  • 19 December 2007 | Updated 14 October 2011

Benyon RG, Doody TM. 200 . Water Use By Tree Plantations in South-East South Australia: Technical Report No. 148. 26 pp.

This report documents the findings of a team of CSIRO scientists who spent up to three years monitoring research plots at six blue gum and two pasture sites in South-East South Australia.

Their aim was to quantify water use in the plantations and to identify sources of water used by them. 

The research aimed to examine links between water use, growth, and variable site factors.  At each site changes in soil water, plantation growth and water use were measured.

At each site changes in soil water, water use and plantation growth were measured.

Data from this study was combined with data from other studies at regional blue gum and radiata pine research sites.

The combined data reported in this publication has provided researchers with quantitative information on:

  • water sources used by blue gum and radiata pine plantations in South-East South Australia
  • the relationship between water use and growth
  • the influence of site variability.

Fin dout more about our work with Forestry or download this report Water use by tree plantations [external link, PDF file, 3.48MB].