Harvesting, processing and marketing Australian native grass seeds

Loch, D. S. and Johnston, P. W. and Jensen, troy and Harvey, G. L. (1996) Harvesting, processing and marketing Australian native grass seeds. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 39. pp. 591-599.


A number of useful Australian native grasses have been identified for various situations: for turf, amenity, and ornamental purposes; for revegetation of mine spoil, roadsides, and degraded land; and as forages. Their commercialisation depends on developing appropriate seed-harvesting and processing technology, thereby ensuring that seed is produced in a form that can be sown satisfactorily and gives reliable establishment. While conventional header harvesters can be used with some species (e.g., Astrebla lappacea), beater and (especially) brush harvesters have been more successful with many others, particularly grasses with light, difficult-to-handle, chaffy seeds. After harvest, chaffy seeds can be processed to make their subsequent handling and sowing easier. Choice of processing method depends on the structural complexity of the dispersal units and on the particular chaffy appendages involved. Awns and sterile spikelets are comparatively easy to remove, with surface hairs and bristles the most difficult.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. The Royal Society of New Zealand 1996.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2011 03:27
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: seed harvesting; seed processing; seed handling; seed marketing; Australian native grasses
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18396

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