Applying the best scientific research to develop effective rural land management policy
Our work in carbon, soil, and water both basic and applied research, with an emphasis on the best scientific evidence needed to underpin sound policy for public and private management of rural land. We are focused on developing options that keep people in rural landscapes and that address increasing global needs to produce food and fibre in an ecologically sustainable manner.
Our research tackles critical issues facing rural land management, with the key question being: How can we produce more food and fibre while sustainably managing water and carbon on soil for downstream users as well as locally? We aim to maintain the sustainability of agricultural landscapes through the manipulation and understanding of the cycling of carbon and other elements, and water, and transfer of energy through the soil-plant-atmosphere system.
Globally, carbon, water and soil research is focused on the food-producing regions of Australia’s key trading partners, such as the United Kingdom, European Union, the United States of America, China, Korea, Japan and other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries.
Carbon and water policies are now inextricably linked and interwoven with the pressing need to increase food and fibre production. The need to increase production on a shrinking land base with less water and fossil fuel will dominate national and international policy debates for coming decades.
Soil, food, health: an interview with Alex McBratney