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Establishment of leucaena in Australia

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Buck, S. R., Rolfe, J. W., Lemin, C. and English, B. H. (2019) Establishment of leucaena in Australia. Tropical Grasslands-Forrajes Tropicales, 7 (2). pp. 104-111. ISSN 23463775 (ISSN)


Article Link: https://doi.org/10.17138/TGFT(7)104-111

Publisher URL: http://www.tropicalgrasslands.info/index.php/tgft/article/view/533


Leucaena (Leucaena leucocephala ssp. glabrata) is a highly productive tropical perennial legume used primarily in extensive beef grazing systems across northern Australia. Its productivity provides substantial benefits to grazing businesses and economically significant areas of leucaena have been established in Queensland, with much smaller areas in both the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Specific environmental conditions (particularly soil type) and management practices are required to obtain reliable establishment and high productivity from leucaena-grass grazing systems. Significant research, development and extension have been undertaken in northern Australia, particularly in central Queensland, resulting in management packages which ensure establishment reliability and long-term productivity. However expansion into new areas can be constrained by regionally-specific establishment issues. Adaptation of known establishment and management practices together with research and development are required for leucaena-grass grazing systems in new regions.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Animal Science
Additional Information:Open access
Keywords:Planting Seed Tree legumes Tropical pastures
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Animal culture > Cattle
Animal culture > Rangelands. Range management. Grazing
Animal culture > Feeds and feeding. Animal nutrition
Live Archive:04 Feb 2020 02:35
Last Modified:01 Dec 2022 00:26

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