Associate Professor (A/P) Nanjappa Ashwath is an academic and an active researcher. He has been researching Australian plants for over 40 years and is an acknowledged expert in Central Queensland botany. A/P Ashwath has screened 100’s of Australian native species for stress tolerance, biodiesel production, revegetation and other uses. Additionally, he has developed an innovative technology called ‘Phytocapping’ for landfill remediation, and demonstrated its benefits via field trials conducted in QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and WA. As part of this project, he has established active collaboration with various scientists, environmental consultants, landfill owners and regulators.
Currently, he is exploring Australian native species for biofuel (bioethanol; eg agave and biodiesel; eg beauty leaf tree) production from degraded landscapes. He has also helped establish a pyrolysis facility at CQUniversity to convert urban, industrial and agricultural wastes into biofuel.