In November 2012 Jerome Chopard presented "IMPROVED IDENTIFICATION METHODS FOR AUSTRALIAN TEA TREE OIL" to the IFEAT International Conference. More »»
Agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and building soil carbon in the tea tree industry will be the subject of a collaborative research program between Southern Cross University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. More »»
Local agribusinesses and their industry associations are backing a scheme to train and recruit local people specifically for their industry. More »»
Lavender, eucalyptus and tea-tree oils have come under the microscope at Charles Sturt University's School of Animal and Veterinary Science, where PhD student Lynne Appleby is researching their effect on mastitis-causing bacteria. More »»
ATTIA maintains a database of published and unpublished literature of research on TTO since 1904 when Melaleuca alternifolia was first identified by Maiden & Betche. To access the database click HERE.
ATTIA can organise supply of research quantities of pure Australian tea tree oil for bona fide research purposes free of charge. The TTO will be COP accredited pure Australian material sourced direct from member plantations with full traceability and accompanied by a certificate of analysis for the batch it was drawn from.
If you need research quantities of pure Australian TTO please contact ATTIA through the Contact Us page HERE.
ATTIA can also assist with funding in some instances, currently we support research in conjunction with RIRDC and the NSW DPI principally through the tea tree breeding program:
The Australian tea tree oil industry has become an important regional industry in Australia with a farm-gate value in excess of $21M with 90% of oil exported. Australian producers, who face fluctuating tea tree oil prices and with growing international competition, need to have access to higher yielding varieties to achieve efficiencies of production if they are to remain economically viable in the long term.
The principal aim of the tea tree breeding program is to improve oil yields from selected lines of M alternifolia that were known to be the best yielding wild stock back in the days when all tea tree oil was harvested from natural stands in northern NSW. This project has been running since 1993 in partnership with the DPI and RIRDC and has released progressively improved seed to the industry that has increased oil yield from 148kg/ha prior to the start of breeding to around 250kg/ha. Seed was first released in 1997 and grower uptake has been excellent in Australia.
RIRDC and ATTIA provided funding support of $402,700 for the three years ending June 2009 and a funding proposal for 2009 to 2014 has recently been approved by both ATTIA and RIRDC. Continued support from all project clients and stakeholders will ensure that growers can maximise oil production and profit through use of improved seed and clones and thus enhance the long-term viability of the Australian tea tree oil industry.
This current proposal (2009-2014) builds on four rounds (1993/96, 96/01, 01/06 and 06/09) of successful RIRDC/ATTIA tea tree breeding projects, where oil yields of plantations using project seed have been progressively increased from 148 kg/ha which was the industry average prior to the start of breeding to in excess of 250 kg/ha. This is equivalent to a 70-80% improvement achieved in a little more than a decade of selection and breeding. The almost doubling of returns to growers is very strong economic justification for the continuation of the breeding project. The NSW DPI have also provided a cash injection of AU$ 150,000.00 over the 5 years from 2009 to 2014.
RIRDC tea tree oil research projects are ongoing and RIRDC produces Research in Progress summaries of continuing projects and those completed during 2007-2008. The intention is to:
• give stakeholders early access to the results of ongoing and completed work to inform their decisions, and
• to inform researchers of results to shape research directions.
The complete set of reports on all programs is available on the RIRDC website at http://www.rirdc.gov.au
There are several links to relevant RIRDC pages below for more detailed information on the collaborative research efforts of ATTIA and RIRDC as well as a link to the University of Western Australia tea tree oil research group who are at the forefront of much of the research into tea tree oil and utilise funding from ATTIA and RIRDC for many of the projects undertaken over the past 10 years.
You can access the ATTIA maintained database of published and unpublished literature of research on TTO HERE. There are more than 1,150 documents with a simple search function to assist you.