Heartwood rot identification and impact in Sandalwood (Santalum album).

Forest Products Commission

  • Project code: PRJ-004677

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Monday, June 15, 2009

  • Project completion date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010

  • National Priority: NEPI-Industry building and connectivity


The project will identify the fungus that is causing the heartwood rot in Santalum album at the Frank Wise Institute in Kununurra and the impact the fungal disease is having on the heartwood oil content of Santalum album trees. Furthermore a non-destructive technique using electrical waves for heartwood and heartwood rot measurement within the bole of the tree will be assessed.


New and Emerging Plant Industries

Research Organisation

Forest Products Commission

Objective Summary

• Identification of the heartwood rot disease in Santalum album.
• Impact of the disease on heartwood oil production.
• Assess a non-destructive system for measuring heartwood and any rot that may occur within the tree bole.