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Summaries of scientific papers and research from Australia.

Results from scientific trials conducted by Ozbreed staff and consultants.

Cosmic White™ and Cosmic Pink™ Rhaphiolepis – Female Infertile « New

Both have been named exempt from the Rhaphiolepis ban in NSW. The NSW government has now accepted that these 2 varieties are female infertile, and as such are not a weed threat.

Playground Mulch Trial « New

A trial that proves plants can be successfully and safely grown in mulched fallzone areas of playgrounds.

Testing Plants for Myrtle Rust Resistance « Updated

Various plants were tested in association with The University of Sydney to see how Myrtle Rust resistant they are.

Winter Fertiliser Trials « New

Preliminary results show that winter may be the most important time of year to fertilise for a green winter lawn.

Biodegradable Staples Holding Capacity for Nara™ Native Turf « New

Turf in recent research has proven to be one of the best erosion control products, testing far better than silt fences, coir logs and erosion socks for both erosion and silt containment.

Recommended Greenwall Plants « Updated

We are currently setting up greenwall trials, but for now, here is a list of plants we recommend or that have already been used in greenwalls and roofs.

Green Roof Trials « New

Recent research into green roofs has found that organics are a viable low maintenance option. Which plants are best for green roofs? Can green roofs learn from roadside landscape plantings?

Turf is a positive sequester of carbon « New

Recent research can now disprove theories that turf mowers cause too much pollution, or that turf uses too much water. By Todd Layt.

Fire Retardant Plants (PDF) « New

Literature review and plant list based on CSIRO scientific study that tests the ignitability of Australian plants and how quickly both dry and moist leaves of certain plants take to ignite.

Testing Plants in Grey Water « Updated

Grey water irrigation testing with popular native plants.

Mowing Trials « Updated

How much mowing do different lawn types need? Which lawn is best for the environment? Which turf has better winter colour?

Barricade & Carbon Trader – for the Nurseryman « Updated

Recent research has found that there is potential to greatly reduce hand weeding and keep plants greener in winter in Australian Nurseries. Follow this link for a detailed report.

Raingarden Plants « Updated

Raingardens are becoming more popular. They catch water and remove excessive nutrients before entering waterways to reduce erosion and pollution. Here is a detailed list of suitable plants to assist in plant selection.

Measuring the Drought Tolerance of Plants (PDF) « New

This information will help landscape architects and designers choose drought tolerant plants based on real world data and accurate measurements.

Erosion Control Research « Updated

Find our which plant and turf types are the best at erosion control. Vital information for anyone using plants or turf on slopes, stream banks, roadsides, or anywhere prone to erosion.

Salt Tolerance Testing

Investigation into the salt tolerance of many plants. This research provides evidence that many Ozbreed plants can cope with high salt laden winds or reasonable amounts of salty water.

Shade Trials « Updated

Which are the best plants for shade? The data gathered in this experiment combined with real world observations provide a more reliable conclusion about a plants shade tolerance.

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Why would we do our own internal research rather than pay for universities to do it?

Over the last 2 years we have spent $50,000 on research, and have discovered important information about our plants and turf varieties. To do the same research with universities may have cost more than $200,000.

We believe that private enterprise, consultants, and contractors can do similar research at a fraction of the cost. This allows us to conduct far more intensive and far reaching studies, bringing specifiers and users of our products more comprehensive information and confidence in utilising our products.

All care has been taken in conducting this research, but as we are dealing with live plants, different climatic conditions and other variables can lead to variable results. Ozbreed can not be held liable for losses or damages for projects relying on this information.

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