Student Kim Bedwell refines eucalypt fodder - growing methods
“Photograph supplied courtesy of The Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton"
Kim Bedwell's studies
of eucalypt trees will bring her into close contact with some of the
cute and cuddly creatures at Rockhampton Zoo.
Ms Bedwell said she was trying to find a method that would efficiently grow large quantities of shoots. "Koalas only eat the tips of shoots, so if it is possible to grow large quantities of shoots and increase the shelf life of harvested fodder, we will be able to maintain healthy, captive colonies of koalas.
I will be experimenting with two different eucalypt growths. One will be at Central Queensland University, where eucalypts will be grown densely to try to produce as much shoot tip as possible.
"The other will be on council land, using a different horticulture method than used in current plantations, and using recycled water from the Fitzroy River water treatment plant. This plantation will also be looking at several eucalypt species.".
Ms Bedwell chose to study eucalypts and koalas for her CQU thesis because they were both uniquely Australian.
She will be feeding
the koalas different fodder to identify which shoots the koalas prefer,
and will test the nutritional value of that fodder.
|Thank you to The Morning Bulletin and Darryn Nufer
for permission to use the above article and photograph
From: Darryn Nufer
Sent: Monday, 5 March 2007 10:30 AM
Subject: Koala article
Nick, Glad you liked the coverage. Yes you have permission to use the
article and photo. Could you please ensure the work is attributed to The
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