A scoping study funded through South West Catchment Council (SWCC)/National Action Plan (NAP) into the development of industries for saline land, identified three plant species suitable and potentially economically feasible for this environment. The main product of two of these plant species, is the production of bio-diesel. The mentioned plant species are Moringa oleifera and Pongamia pinnata. Both are tolerant to high salinity levels, waterlogging, frost and drought. Their pods are harvested, meaning that the trees keep on growing, using water and reducing the high watertable whilst sequestrating carbon. Bio-fuels must be sustainable, with these two plant species fitting all the criteria.
Number of Pages
Salinity, Plant species, Cropping systems, Perennials, Agriculture, Frost, Drought, Waterlogging, Western Australia
Brockman, H. (2009), Production of biodiesel from perennials. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Report.