Application Reference Index
Bev Courtney Use of native grasses in landscaping
“Australian grasses come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours and make excellent garden subjects, especially when their tufting habit is used as a contrast to the bushy habit of herbaceous plants and shrubs. I’ve been growing native grasses for some years now. and feel confident in making some comments on their growth and maintenance.”
Charles Huxtable Rehabilitation of open cut coal mines using native grasses
“These guidelines provide a brief summary of the species of Australian native grasses and their management that are recommended for rehabilitation of open cut coal mines in the Hunter Valley. The information is based on the results of 5 years of research carried out on mine sites during 1994–1999.”
Ellis, S and Myers, R A report on the Grazing & Haymaking Potential of Rytodisperma tenuius
“In this report Simon Ellis looks at the seasonal forage composition of the largest tussock-forming wallaby grass in the Mt Lofty Ranges, Rytodisperma tenuius (Syn: Austrodanthonia tenuior). Robert Myers considers the place of the wallaby grasses in both history and the present day.”
Gammage, adjunct professor at the Australian National University, says Aboriginal use of fire to manage the land is the key to modern bushfire management.
He says the pictorial and written records make it clear that the landscape Europeans discovered was not a natural one, but instead it was a landscape that had been made by Aboriginal people systematically burning forest in order to create grassland, and then using fire to maintain and refresh that grassland.
Murray-Darling Basin Commission Productive, sustained grazed native pastures in the Murray-Darling Basin
“This report details the results of a research project that examined issues affecting the productive use of native grasslands within a catchment protection framework. Components of the water balance – evaporation, runoff, and deep drainage are emphasised.”
NSW Department of Primary Industries Native pastures and native grasses
“Native pastures are simply grazing environments that are usually dominated by native grasses and may occur as grasslands or woodlands. These pastures contain native grasses and many other native herbs and shrubs. Even healthy, relatively undisturbed native pastures also commonly have a mix of introduced species, such as annual and perennial grasses, clovers and herbs.”
Penfold, C and Collins, C Native cover crops in viticulture
“The species chosen for cover cropping are generally those that are familiar to the grower and are known to perform well in a particular environment, and for which seed can be cheaply and readily obtained. In the past, this has limited the choice to the standard crops grown in arable agriculture – cereals, grain legumes, oilseeds, pasture grasses and legumes. Over the last decade, however, the potential for substitution of the exotic cover crop species with natives has been investigated, and substantial benefits from their adoption have now been
recognised (Penfold 2010a)”
White, C Pasture Cropping
“Since the late 1990s, Australian farmer Colin Seis has been successfully planting a cereal crop into perennial pasture on his sheep farm during the dormant period using no-till drilling, a method that uses a drill to sow seeds instead of the traditional plow. He calls it pasture cropping and he gains two crops this way from one parcel of land—a cereal crop for food or forage and wool or lamb meat from his pastures—which means its potential for feeding the world in a sustainable manner is significant.
As Seis tells the story, the idea for pasture cropping came to him and a friend from the bottom of a beer bottle. Ten of them, in fact.”