A two-year study into Australia’s mallee tree has established that it is suitable for biofuel production. Airbus and Virgin Australia backed the research, which was carried out by the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Centre (CRC). The study reports that the tree meets sustainability criteria and will be suitable for commercial flights under criteria established by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). Dr John McGrath, CRC Research Director, said: “What this report demonstrates is that mallees can provide a future economic benefit to farmers and regional communities, with a viable industry possible by 2021. Mallee integrates well with farm crop and livestock operations and can protect and enhance biodiversity, and contribute to rebalancing water tables,” he added.