EucFACE Reveals That Australian Trees Limited By Lack Of Nutrients


The EucFACE experiment exposes native woodland to elevated carbon dioxide. We found that:

  • Despite consistent increases in leaf photosynthesis, eucalypts could not put on more wood, stem and leaf growth under elevated CO2.
  • When phosphorus was added in tests, productivity increased by 35%.
  • Findings completely opposite to overseas FACE experiments that found a 23% increase in tree productivity with elevated CO2.
  • Findings demonstrate the importance of Australian science with implications for global climate change models.

Latest News, Events And Highlights

1 June 2015

Planting has finished on a new phase of our experiments to assess the suitability of a range of selected Eucalyptus camaldulensis clonal lines under field conditions as part of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) project in partnership with the CSIRO....

5th October 2017

Research Week is the University's annual celebration of the diversity and the detail of our active research projects.

We are collaborating on two events in Research Week to showcase our research on EucFACE and what has been found so far.

And, in line with ur horticultural interests, we are exploring the role that flowers play in ourlives, providing beauty, fragrance and health benefits to us just as much as the pollinators for which they were designed.

Please join us on October 23 for two great events back-to-back.

'Success Showcase' Magazine

Success Showcase

Welcome to the Autumn Success Showcase, our showcase magazine of news, research, stories and features from the Hawkesbury Institute...

Summer 2015 Showcase

Selecting Red Gums for a warmer, drier Australia of the future and much more...

2017 QS University Rankings


The international Quacarelli Symonds Subject Rankings are a worldwide ranking of major disciplines. The criteria for designating a ranking are:


Quacarelli Symonds Rankings Agriculture and Forestry Top 200 2017

Quacarelli Symonds Rankings Environmental Sciences Top 300 2017

For Agriculture and Forestry, and the Environmental Sciences, these 2017 rankings place Western Sydney University within the top 3% of universities in the world.