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Project update  August - October
In line with most of the Canberra region, CSIRO Ginninderra experienced one of the driest winters on record with just 51.2 mm of rainfall recorded between June and August at the CSIRO Ginninderra weather station.
 
Despite the dry winter, a range of crop trials are proceeding and we’re pleased to report that the shrubs from the community tree plantings of 2017 and 2018 are predominantly alive and growing well. The wattles have been in bloom adding a golden tinge to areas of the site.
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Powering-up EV on PV

A new CSIRO-developed solar charging system for electric vehicles (EVs) will relieve pressures on grid-fed charging stations and help advance the uptake of EVs powered by renewable energy.

The system developed by CSIRO, Nissan Australia and Delta Electronics, with funding from the Victorian Government, links solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery with smart charging technology.  

CSIRO researchers helped to develop and test the new system which draws upon renewable energy to charge a vehicle at any time of the day, and in any weather, with little impact to the electricity grid.
 

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From little things BIG things grow

It’s almost four years since CSIRO and the Ginninderra Catchment Group had initial conversations about how we might work together to conserve and restore the important environmental assets and values at CSIRO Ginninderra.

Four years of collaboration later we have grassland restoration trials in full swing, and plants at the community shrub planting sites of 2017 and 2018 have grown impressively – some to more than 3 metres tall. A Blakely’s Red Gum trial is also underway.

In September we were delighted to host GCG members on a site tour and to visit and report on the progress of some of the projects we are working on together.
 
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Red Gum trials to boost ACT Woodlands

A collaborative effort to bolster the future of Blakely's Red Gum and the endangered Box-Gum Woodland habitat has seen 1000 seedlings planted at CSIRO Ginninderra recently.

This collaboration between the ACT Government, CSIRO, Greening Australia and ACT rural landholders, will trial seed collected from Blakely’s Red Gums in the ACT, NSW, Queensland and Victoria and aim to understand the genetic make-up that may provide resistance to dieback and resilience in a changing climate.
 
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