Soil to save our planet - Research Symposium 2015

On Tuesday 14 July, the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment hosted the 2015 Research Symposium. The Symposium titled – Soil to save our planet brought together International and Australian experts to present their latest research and ideas on innovations to drive the industry’s future. Attendees became aware of the newest approaches to food security and human health, climate and energy as well as, water and biodiversity.

Each of the ten presentations was informative and enlightening. Symposium speakers have provided their presentations on the links below. We invite you to review the presentations and forward to others as appropriate.

Speakers and presentations

Global Food Security and the soils connection – Dr Brian Keating, Executive Director, Agriculture and Food Health, CSIRO

Biochar- part of the solution – Ms Alex Keith, PhD Student, Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney

Changes in protein expression in relation to desiccation tolerance in rhizobia – Ms Mary Atieno, PhD Student, Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney

Breeding more nutritious wheat – Ms Irum Aziz, PhD Student, Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney

Soil Science in Australia in the International Year of Soils – Dr Richard Doyle, Agriculture and Food Systems, University of Tasmania

Valuing soil knowledge in land surface models: Getting it right – Professor Cristine Morgan, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A & M University, US

Drought effects on plant-microbe interactions – Mr Alberto Canarini, PhD Student, Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney

Making the most of climate change in Tasmania – Mr Darren Kidd, PhD Student, Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney

Digital soil mapping coming to the rescue – Professor Alex McBratney, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney

Global soils and water: Natural capital delivering ecosystem services – Dr Brent Clothier, Science Group Leader, Production Footprints and Biometrics Sustainable Production, Plant and Food Research New Zealand

Soil Microbial structural and functional diversity across different agroecological zones in New South Wales, Australia – Ms Vanessa Pino, PhD Student, Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney

Digital assessment of soil features using visible and near infrared spectroscopy – Mr Mario Fajardo Pedraza, PhD Student, Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney

Impacts of soil lead (PB) exposure on children’s blood lead (PBB) levels after ad hoc land remediation in a mining town – Mr Kai Yang, PhD Student, Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney

The potential for a national observation system for soil moisture – Dr Tom Bishop, Associate Professor, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney

How fast does soil grow? – Dr Uta Stockmann, Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney