student profile: Mr Ashrafi Ashrafi


Thesis work

Thesis title: Assessment of the biological impact of introducing mustards into a typical crop rotation on the northwestern plains of NSW.

Supervisors: Richard TRETHOWAN , Michael KERTESZ , Helen BRAMLEY

Thesis abstract:

A rotation experiment has been established at Narrabri and all permutations of wheat, mustard and chickpea will be assessed over a three-year period providing base line data on four years of wheat/mustard/chickpea rotation. Inoculation and monitoring of crown rot (in the wheat phase) and Phytophthora (in the chickpea phase) and extensive assessment of crop productivity, soil nutrition/structure/moisture and microbial and fungal communities will provide baseline data for assessing the sustainability and profitability of a mustard based rotation.

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