RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

African Mahogany (Khaya Senegalensis) is considered commercially extinct in many countries where it occurs naturally and is regarded as an endangered species in the wild.

This species is well suited to the dry tropics of Australia and in recent years numerous plantations have been established supported by Research & Development

In 2008 major Research and Development funding was injected into the Khaya Senegalensis Industry via the Queensland government establishing the Smart Forests Alliance project.

This unique collaborative research venture between the Queensland and Northern Territory Forestry Research Groups, CSIRO and the University of the Sunshine Coast has provided a solid base on which to expand the industry.

Utilising world-leading biotechnology and other smart sciences this project has made substantial progress in African Mahogany research in the following key initiatives:

* Molecular Breeding
* Cloning Technologies
* Wood and Fibre Resource Characterization
* Reproductive Biology

Mahogany timber is used in a range of products including:

* Veneer for Decorative Panels
* Slabs for High Value Furniture
* Timber Flooring
* Musical instruments - guitars, violins ukeleles

A project is currently underway using the waste wood from the heads of the tree mixed with recycled plastics to make a variety of fire resistant products from oil rig decking to light rail sleepers and outdoor furniture.

Outcomes of market research has seen the development of commercial trading links with overseas factories utilising all parts of the tree.