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Mr David Blackburn

profile_blackburn_thumbMr David Blackburn
PhD student

Topic: improvement of eucalypt solid wood products

University of Tasmania


There is an increased interest in growing plantation timber for high-value solid wood products. Such products include timber for use in construction, and architectural and engineered wood products. Growing plantation trees for this purpose needs to be done economically, and timber processing companies demand that wood for these products has uniform properties.

David’s project looks at the biological factors that influence profitability from plantation-grown hardwood timber. The research aims to establish breeding values for solid wood products in plantation-grown E. nitens and E. globulus.

David has a background in mechanical engineering and agriculture, and it was through the latter that he became involved in the forest sector. After graduating with honours in Agricultural Science from the University of Tasmania, David managed the University's farm near Hobart, where he became involved in work relating to plant improvement. This encouraged him to pursue further studies and to eventually begin this PhD.

David’s supervisors are:
Professor Brad Potts, University of Tasmania, School of Plant Science
Dr Chris Harwood, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
Dr Dean Williams, Forestry Tasmania
Dr Matthew Hamilton, University of Tasmania, School of Plant Science

My PhD studies contribute to CRC for Forestry Research Programme Two "High Value Wood Resources".

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