Wild olive selection for quality oil production

  • 64 pages

  • Published: 1 Jul 2004

  • Author(s): Sedgley, Margaret, Professor

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While weed olive populations pose an environmental problem, they also offer a unique opportunity to the new fledgling olive industry. The weed populations are so well adapted that they compete successfully with native vegetation. Harnessing this competitive ability will pay dividends in terms of the development of adapted genotypes. This study surveyed wild olive populations across southern Australia and tested for oil yield and quality. Those that were superior to existing cultivars have been propagated and planted under cultivated conditions The resource secures the future of the olive industry in Australia, with the promise of superior adapted cultivars for the future.