We plant mallee trees which are native to Australia, making them perfectly suited and highly adapted for vigorous and healthy growth in the arid environment and high summer temperatures of the region.
Mallee trees are a multi-stemmed woody plant which develop from an underground woody structure called a lignotuber - more commonly known as a “mallee root”. Mallee trees of all types are native to Australia; several varieties selected by Fasera are either planted on our own farms, or on land owned by farmers with whom we have agreements in place and who benefit environmentally and financially.

Late in the 20th century and with increasing wind erosion, a rising water table and increased soil/water salinity associated with broad-acre farming and land clearing, astute and environmentally aware farmers commenced re-planting their farms with rows and contour banks of mallee trees. Mallee trees have always been part of the natural landscape and are admirably adapted to the dry climate and extreme heat.

The planted eucalyptus mallees were mainly Eucalyptus kochii and Eucalyptus loxophleba lissophloia. Both species are native to Western Australia and specifically to our area of operations. These trees have a high level of cineole content at 90 –95% and 70 –75% respectively. Eucalyptus kochii has the highest natural levels of cineole (eucalyptol) to be found amongst the more than 900 species of eucalypt that exist globally.

We plant our mallee seedlings either on our own farms or on land owned by farmers with whom we have an agreement and who benefit environmentally and financially. As well as reduced salinity levels - a critical problem in Western Australian farmlands - and the prevention of erosion, farm production is enhanced by the development of mallee tree windbreaks for crop and livestock protection. Financial benefits to farmers comprise either lease payments for tree planting areas or payments for biomass that is harvested and processed.

Mallee tree seedlings are in short supply and Fasera is partnering with seedling producers and nurseries to ensure consistent availability and supply. Additionally, Fasera is considering investing in the development of water-efficient greenhouses to meet the growing demand for seedlings to enable the progressive rehabilitation of millions of hectares of farmland, to sequester increasing amounts of carbon and to regenerate and renew large areas of degraded or marginal land.