Tea Tree Oil: In support of an iconic Australian industry

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Australia is the current leader in world production of tea tree oil and, concurrently, in research into the oil’s myriad biological properties and applications. The two achievements are not unrelated.
Agricultural scientists and the Rural Industries R&D Corporation (RIRDC) have walked alongside growers as they took a native plant out of the bush, established modern plantation production systems, studied and vaunted the oil’s properties worldwide and came to dominate the international market.
In the following pages, RIRDC showcases key achievements from its recent collaborative association with the Australian tea tree oil industry.

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