Australian forest with pebbled creek bed running through the centre.

Forestry research

CSIRO's forestry research activities range from quantative genetics to precision plantation management to smart paper and wood products of the future.

  • 7 February 2008 | Updated 14 October 2011

Forests provide valuable products such as paper, fuel, furniture and houses.

These products are often the safest for the environment as timber is a renewable, reusable and biodegradable resource.

On a global scale, CSIRO plays a significant role in the application of Australian forestry knowledge and expertise.

Our activities help stimulate international trade and encourage sustainable forestry practices in the developing world.

Our research covers a wide range of activities from quantitative genetics to precision plantation management to smart paper and wood products of the future.

CSIRO provides forestry research and development within several research Divisions covering:

  • forest system science
  • forest genomics
  • forest polymers and fibres.

CSIRO offers skills and research expertise, as well as opportunities for partnerships across all areas of the forestry value chain, including:

  • breeding better forests for maximum returns
  • developing management systems for productive and sustainable forests
  • protecting our forests from pest, pathogens, weeds, fire and wind
  • extracting value from wood and fibre resources
  • working in wood processing and wood products to ensure the place of wood in a modern market
  • optimising pulp, paper and packaging processes and products.

CSIRO forest research programs are specifically tailored to the needs of industry, the environment and our Australian and global communities.

Find out more about our work in Forestry.