seedEnergy staff resources, experience and capability


The seedEnergy team has a combined total of over 90 years of experience in tree breeding and TREE seed production.

Barry Vaughan BSc For, MBA – General Manager

Barry joined seedEnergy in 2016, overseeing the commercial activities of the company. He brings extensive international experience, from managing the South American forestry investments of the prestigious TIMO, GMO Renewable Resources. In addition, Barry has 10-years of plantation experience in New Zealand and Argentina with Fletcher Challenge, including managing the companies seed and treestock sales and performed an integral role in the company’s South American Eucalyptus program. He has held the position of Regional Manager with VicForests, and Business Development Manager for the same enterprise.

Barry holds a B.Sc(Forestry) from the Australian National University, an MBA from Waikato University New Zealand and a Graduate Diploma of Bioenergy from Linnaeus University in Sweden.



Dr David Boomsma BSc For (Hons) PhD – Tree Improvement Specialist (Chairman of the Board)

David has a distinguished career in plantation management, silviculture and research. His major research interests lie in forests soils and forest tree nutrition as well as forest tree improvement. He has an extensive publication record in the areas of forest soil science, tree breeding and deployment.

He has significant experience in seed orchard management and nursery production of both seedlings and cuttings.

He has some first-hand experience of pine plantation management in New Zealand, south-eastern United States as well as China and Chile. He is located in the south-east of South Australia where the major regional economic driver is plantation forestry with Radiata Pine (Pinus radiata) and Tasmanian Blue-gum (Eucalyptus globulus).

He worked for ForestrySA for 27 years as a research forester including 10 years as the executive officer for the Southern Tree Breeding Association (STBA). He was Chief Executive Officer of the STBA for a further 10 years before establishing seedEnergy.



Andrew Cameron – Manager Pine Seed Production (Board Member)

Andy has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of silvicultural and saw milling research for Radiata Pine. For 18 years seed orchard management and breeding operations for this key species were the focus of his work with ForestrySA in the southeast of South Australia. His expertise was used in research project management and seed production.

He worked for the STBA for 6 years as Pine Seed Production Manager and Breeding Trial Manager before joining seedEnergy.

He currently manages both open (OP) and control pollinated (CP) seed production for Radiata Pine for seedEnergy.

 

Peter Gore BSc – Manager Eucalypt Seed Production (Board Member)

Peter has 20+ years of experience in the breeding and seed production of Eucalypt species. He was manager of the Southern Tree Breeding Association's (STBA) Australian Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus nitens breeding programs for five years before applying his expertise to managing STBA's Eucalypt Seed Production Program.

He has a strong interest in Eucalypt genetics, breeding and seed production strategy and a profound knowledge of the intricacies of Eucalypt reproductive biology and pollination techniques. Since 2008, his main focus has been on the genetic improvement of Eucalyptus dunnii.

He designed and implemented the E. globulus Mass Supplementary Pollination (MSP) seed production system for STBA and seedEnergy. Located just south of Hobart he maintains close linkages with research scientists and students within the University of Tasmania. He has publications on breeding and seed production strategies, Eucalypt genetics, reproductive biology and quality control in seed production systems.

Publications for David Boomsma

Boomsma, D.B. (1979). Nitrogen transformations and gaseous losses following fertilization of a slash pine plantation. Ph.D. Dissert. University of Florida, Gainesville. 197 pp.

Boomsma, D.B. & Pritchett, W.L. (1979). Nitrogen losses from urea, ammonium sulphate and ammonium nitrate applications to slash pine plantation. Soil and Crop Sci.Soc.Fla.Proc.39: 19-23.

Boardman, R., Boomsma, D.B., Zed, P.G. & Cellier, K.M. (1979). Maintaining plantation productivity with radiata pine in South Australia. Abstract in Proc.Impact of Intensive Harvesting on Forest Nutrient Cycling. State University of New York, Syracuse, New York.

Boomsma, D.B. & Burger, J.A. (1980). Factors affecting nitrogen mineralization in an acid sandy forest soil. pp 250-258. Proc.Workshop on Managing Nitrogen Economies and Natural and Man-made Forest Ecosystems. (R.A. Rummery & F.J.Hingston, eds.). CSIRO Division Land Resources Management.

Boardman, R & Boomsma, D.B. (1980). Herbicides for controlling weeds in forestry operations in South Australia. Sect.3, pp 5. Herbicides for Weed Control in South Australia. (P.M. Kloot, ed.).

Boomsma, D.B, Boardman, R. & Cotterill, P.P. (1981). Genotype x cultural interactions in Pinus radiata; investigations in South Australia. pp 85-99. Combined meeting, Research Working Groups 1 and 3, Traralgon, Victoria.

Cotterill, P.P., Boomsma, D.B., Boardman, R. & Pawsey, C. (1981). The first generation of open-pollinated progeny testing of Pinus radiata in the southeast of South Australia. pp 6. 7th meeting, Research Working Group 1, Traralgon, Victoria.

Boomsma, D.B. (1982). Field inoculation of a Radiata Pine nursery with Rhizopogon luteolus. Paper to establishment Workshop, Research Working Group 5, Mount Gambier.

Boomsma, D.B. & Karjalainen, U. (1982). Control of grasses, perennial weeds and bracken fern. Part I and II. Establishment Workshop, Research Working Group 5, Mount Gambier.

Cellier, K.M., Boardman, R., Boomsma, D.B. & Zed, P.G. (1985). Response of Pinus radiata D.Don to various silvicultural treatments on adjacent first- and second-rotation sites near Tantanoola, South Australia. I. Establishment and growth up to age 7 years. Aust. For. Res. 15:431-447.

Boomsma, D.B. (1988). Weed control strategies on commercialised public land - are they worthwhile? pp 28-35. Weeds on Public Land - An Action Plan for Today. (R.G. Richardson, ed.). Proc. Symposium Monash, Vic.

Boomsma, D.B., Boardman, R. (1988). Increasing the resource base in the Green Triangle Region. Appita Mini-Conf., Mount Gambier, S.A.

Karjalainen, U. & Boomsma, D.B. (1989). Bracken fern control for Radiata Pine plantations in South Australia. Aust. For. 52 (1): 37-44.

Boomsma, D.B. (1989). Prospectus for membership in the Southern Tree Breeding Association.

Dutkowski, G.W. & Boomsma, D.B. (1989). Bracken control and tree growth in plantations of radiata pine in the lower south east of South Australia. In: Bracken Biology and Management (Eds. J.A. Thompson & R.T. Smith). Papers from an International Conference, Sydney, Aust.

Boomsma, D.B. (1989). The range of soils available for plantations in the south east of South Australia and southwestern Victoria. Workshop, Aust.Soc.Soil Sci. Creswick, Victoria.

Boomsma, D.B. & Hunter, I.R. (1990). Effects of water, Nutrients and their Interactions on Tree Growth and Plantation Forest Management Practices in Australasia: A Review. For. Ecol. Manage. 30: 455-476.

Boomsma, D.B. and White, T.L. (1992). Australia – Wide Realised Gains from Mass Selection of Radiata Pine for Diameter, Stem and Branch Quality. Tech.Rep. TR92-03, Southern tree Breeding Association, Mount Gambier.

White, T.L., Rout, A.F., Boomsma, D.B. and Dutkowski, G.W. 1992(a). Predicted breeding values of 1213 first-generation Radiata Pine parents. Tech.Rep. TR92-02, Southern Tree Breeding Association, Mount Gambier.

White, T.L., Boomsma, D.B. and Rout, A.F. 1992(b). STBA breeding value predictions for 1152 second-generation selections of radiata pine. Tech.Rep. TR92-04, Southern Tree Breeding Association, Mount Gambier.

White, T.L., Matheson, A.C., Boomsma, D.B. and Rout, A.F. 1992(c). Logistics, costs and genetic gains of five options of nucleus breeding strategies. Tech.Rep. TR92-01, Southern Tree Breeding Association, Mount Gambier.

Boomsma, D.B. (1993). Working Plan for Radiata Pine breeding. Tech.Rep. TR93-05. Southern Tree Breeding Association, Mount Gambier.

Duryea M.L. and Boomsma D.B. (1993). Cultural practices for production of Radiata Pine cuttings in Australia. In Proc. IUFRO / AFOCEL symposium, Mass Production Technology for Genetically Improved Fast Growing Forest Tree Species, Bordeaux, France 355-361.

Boomsma, D.B. (1996). Prospects for future plantations. In Proc. Australian Forest Growers Conference, Farm Forestry and Plantations - Investing in Future Wood Supply. Mount Gambier, 9-12 September 1996.

Boomsma, D.B. (1997). Development of the Southern Tree Breeding Association Radiata Pine breeding population. Pp.211-216 in Burdon, R.D.; Moore, J.M. (Ed.) IUFRO '97 Genetics of Radiata Pine. Proc. of NZFRI - IUFRO Conference 1-4 December, Rotorua, New Zealand. FRI Bulletin No.203.

Boomsma, D. B., Cellier, K.M., McGuire, D.O., Nethercott, K.H., Sedgley, J.H. & Nambiar, E.K.S. (1997). Omission of nitrogen fertilizer on second rotation sites: effects on Pinus radiata growth in southern Australia. Aust. For. 60 4. 240-250.

Tibbits, W.N., Boomsma, D.B. and Jarvis, S.F. (1997). Distribution, biology, genetics and improvement programs for Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus nitens around the world. Paper presented to 24th Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference, 9-12 June 1997, Orlando, Florida, USA.

White, T.L., Matheson, A.C., Cotterill, P.P., Johnson, R.G., Rout, A.F. and Boomsma, D.B. (1999). A nucleus breeding plan for Radiata Pine in Australia. Silvae Genetica, 48, 3-4: 122-133.

Vaillancourt, R. E., Boomsma, D. B. and Nicolle, D. (2000). A Disjunct Population of Eucalyptus globulus ssp. bicostata from South Australia. Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Aust., 125 (1).


Publications for Andrew Cameron

McRae, T., Pilbeam, D., Gore, P., Powell, M., Cameron, A., Hetherington, S., Matheson, C. and Dutkowski, G. (2000). STBA research strategy and research priorities for 2000. STBA Tech.l Rep.TR00-01.

McRae, T. A., Wu, H. X., Cameron, A. I. and Powell, M. B. (2001). Breeding values for wood density in Pinus radiata. STBA Tech.l Rep.TR01-01.

Publications for Peter Gore

Volker, P. W., Badcock, K. A. and Gore, P. L. (1988). Patterns of flowering in a multi-provenance seed orchard of Eucalyptus globulus. Proceedings of 10th meeting of Research Working Group 1 (Forest Genetics) Gympie, Qld. 1988.

Gore, P. L., Potts, B. M., Volker, P. W.  and Megalos, J. (1990). Unilateral cross-incompatibility in Eucalyptus: the case of hybridisation between E. globulus and E. nitens. Aust. J.l of Bot.38, 383-94.

Gore , P. L.  and Potts, B. M. (1995). The genetic control of flowering time in Eucalyptus globulus, E. nitens and their F1 hybrid. In 'Eucalypt plantations: Improving Fibre Yield and Quality' (Eds. B. M. Potts, N. M. G. Borralho, J. B. Reid, R. N. Cromer, W. N. Tibbits and C. A. Raymond). pp241-242. Proc. CRC-IUFRO Conf., Hobart, 19-24 Feb. (CRC for Temperate Hardwood Forestry: Hobart).

Hardner, C. M., Potts, B. M. and Gore, P. L. (1995). Relationship between cross success and geographic proximity of Eucalyptus globulus subsp. globulus parents. In 'Eucalypt plantations: Improving fibre yield and Quality' (Eds. B. M. Potts, N. M. G. Borralho, J. B. Reid, R. N. Cromer, W. N. Tibbits and C. A. Raymond). pp243-244. Proc. CRC-IUFRO Conf., Hobart, 19-24 Feb. (CRC for Temperate Hardwood Forestry: Hobart). 

Potts, B. M. and Gore, P. L. (1995). Reproductive biology and controlled pollination of Eucalyptus - a review. Unpublished manual. CRCTHF-IUFRO Post conference workshop presentation,  CRC-IUFRO Conf., Hobart, 19-24 Feb. (CRC for Temperate Hardwood Forestry: Hobart).

Hardner, C. M., Potts, B. M. and Gore, P. L. (1998). The relationship between cross success and spatial proximity of Eucalyptus globulus ssp. globulus parents.  Evolution 52 (2), pp. 614-618.

Vaillancourt, R. E., Skabo, S. and Gore, P. L. (1998).  Fingerprinting for quality control in breeding and deployment. Aust. For. 61: 3, 207-210.

Dutkowski, G. W., Bail, I. R., Gore, P. L. and Powell, M. B. (1998). Eucalyptus realised gains trials design. STBA Tech. Rep.TR98-02.

Gore, P., Hetherington, S., Matheson, A. C. and Jarvis, S. F. (1998). STBA Research Strategy. STBA Tech. Rep.TR98-06.

Gore, P., Kaethner, D., Callister, A. and Lynch, T. (1998). Establishment of Eucalyptus globulus full sib families, trials STBGL107-109. STBA Tech. Rep. TR98-07.

Gore, P. L., Krygsman, M., Pilbeam, D. J. and Joyce, K. R. (1998). Establishment of Eucalyptus globulus full sib families, trials STBGL100-102. STBA Tech. Rep. TR98-05.

Gore, P. L., Pilbeam, D. J., Joyce, K. R. and Kaethner, D. (1998). Establishment of Eucalyptus globulus realised gains trials, STBGL103-105. STBA Tech. Rep. TR98-03.

Gore, P. L., Krygsman, M. and Lynch, T. (1998). Establishment of Eucalyptus nitens full sib families, trials STBNT110 – 111. STBA Tech. Rep. TR98–08.

Gore, P. L., Lynch, T. and Bail, I. R. (1998). Establishment of Eucalyptus nitens realised gains trial, STBNT106. STBA Tech. Rep. TR98–04.

Gore P. L. and McRae T. A. (1999). STBA Eucalyptus nitens breeding 1995–1999. STBA Tech. Rep. TR99-01.

Gore, P. L., Pilbeam, D. J., McRae, T. A . O’Sullivan, H. and Dzomba, J. (1999). Establishment of Eucalyptus globulus full sib progeny trials STBGL114, STBGL115 and STBGL116. STBA Tech. Rep. TR99-03. 

Dutkowski, G. W., Apiolaza, L. A., Gore, P. L., McRae, T. A . and Pilbeam, D. J. (2000). The STBA cooperative tree improvement strategy for Eucalyptus globulus revised for the period 2000-2005. STBA Technical Report TR00-03 (A Joint Technical Report by the Southern Tree Breeding Association and the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Production Forestry).

Pilbeam, D. J., Gore, P. L., McRae, T. A , Hartman, A., Barker, D. and Krygsman, M.  (2000). Establishment of Eucalyptus globulus full sib progeny trials STBGL117, STBGL118, STBGL119 and STBGL120. STBA Tech. Rep. TR00-06. 

Lopez, G. A., Potts, B. M. and Gore, P. L. (2000).  The inheritance of flowering time in interspecific F1 hybrids of Eucalyptus. In Hybrid Breeding and Genetics of Forest Trees. Dungey, H. S., Dieters, M. J. and Nikles, D. G. (compilers). pp. 453-456. Proc. of QFRI/CRC-SPF Symposium, 9-14 April 2000, Noosa, Queensland, Australia. (Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane).

McRae T.A., Pilbeam D.J., Gore P.L., Dutkowski G.W. and Apiolaza L.A. (2001). Australian Cooperative Tree Improvement Strategy for Eucalyptus globulus In Developing the Eucalyptus of the Future. Proceedings of IUFRO symposium . Valdivia, Chile. 3-14 September 2001.

Hamilton, MG, Potts, BM, Harwood, C, Apiolaza, LA, Gore, PL, (2004) ‘Comparison of non-destructive assessment techniques for shrinkage and collapse in Eucalyptus nitens’. ln |Eucalyptus in a Changing World - International IUFRO Conference, Aveiro, Portugal, 686-687.

McGowen, MH, Potts, BM, Vaillancourt, RE, Gore, PL, Williams, D, (2004) A Genetic basis to the destruction of Eucalyptus globulus seed by wasps from the genus Megastigmus, ln, Eucalyptus in a Changing World - International IUFRO Conference, Aveiro, Portugal, 187-188

McGowen, MH, Potts, BM, Vaillancourt, RE, Gore, PL, Williams, D, Pilbeam, D, (2004) ‘The genetic control of sexual reproduction in Eucalyptus globulus’. ln Eucalyptus in a Changing World - International IUFRO Conference, Aveiro, Portugal, 104-108

Patterson, B, Gore, PL, Potts, BM, Vaillancourt, RE, (2004) ‘Advances in pollination techniques for large-scale seed production in Eucalyptus globulus’, Aust. J. of Bot. 52: 781-788.

Suitor, S, Potts, BM, Brown, PH, Gracie, AJ and Gore, PL (2007). Factors affecting capsule set in Eucalyptus globulus seed orchards. ln Eucalypts and Diversity: Balancing Productivity and Sustainability. IUFRO Working Group 2.08.03 Durban, South Africa, 22nd – 26th October. Paper 9, 97. (CD Rom).

Potts, B.M., McGowen, M.H., Williams, D.R., Suitor, S, Jones, T.H., Gore P.L.  and Vaillancourt R.E. (2008). Advances in reproductive biology and seed production systems of Eucalyptus: The case of Eucalyptus globulus. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science Volume 70:

Suitor S., Potts B. M., Brown P. H., Gracie A. J. and Gore P. L. (2008). Post-pollination capsule development in Eucalyptus globulus seed orchards.  Aust. J. of Bot., 56: 51-58.

Suitor S., Potts B. M., McGowen, M.H, Pilbeam, D. J., Brown P. H., Gracie A. J. and Gore P. L. (2009). The relative contribution of the male and female to the variation in reproductive success in Eucalyptus globulus.  Silvae Genetica 58: 3. 129 – 138.

Suitor S., Potts B. M., Brown P. H., Gracie A. J. and Gore P. L. (2009). The relationship of the female reproductive success of Eucalyptus globulus to the endogenous properties of the flower. Sexual Plant Reproduction 22: 37-44

Suitor S., Potts B. M., Brown P. H., Gracie A. J. Rix, K. D. and Gore P. L. (2010). The impact of flower density and irrigation on capsule and seed set in Eucalyptus globulus seed orchards. New Forests 39: 117-127.

Jones R. C., Vaillancourt R. E., Gore P. L. and Potts B. M. (2011). Genetic control of flowering time in Eucalyptus globulus ssp. globulus. Tree Genetics & Genomes 7, 1209-1218.

Rix. K. D., Gracie, A. J., Potts B. M., Brown, P. H., Spurr, C. J. and Gore, P. L. (2011). Germination response of Eucalyptus globulus seeds exposed to low and high temperature stress. Seed Science and Technology 39: 686-691.

Rix, K.D., Gracie, A.J., Potts, B.M., Brown, P.H., Spurr, C.J., Gore, P.L., 2012a. The effect of time of harvest, irrigation treatments and kilning temperature on Eucalyptus globulus seed germination response to high temperature stress. Seed Science and Technology 40: 185-199.

Rix, K.D., Gracie, A.J., Potts, B.M., Brown, P.H., Spurr, C.J., Gore, P.L., 2012b. Paternal and maternal effects on the response of seed germination to high temperatures in Eucalyptus globulus. Annals of Forest Science 69: 673-679.