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Improving the auditability of soil carbon

Soil systems are recognised as a significant terrestrial sink of carbon. The reliable assessment and monitoring of soil carbon stocks is of key importance for soil conservation and more...

Supervisor(s): McBratney, Alex (Professor)

Maximising the benefits of biochar addition to soil by understanding mineral–biochar interactions

Biomass-derived natural biochar, also referred to as black carbon, is ubiquitous in soils. Soil biochar can influence a number of biogeochemical processes, and serves as a sink for more...

Supervisor(s): Singh, Balwant (Associate Professor)

Digital Soil Mapping for the Countries in the Oceania Region

A Digital World Soil Properties Map consortium is formed (www.globalsoilmap.net). The objective of this consortium is to create a digital map of the world’s soil properties. A more...

Supervisor(s): Minasny, Budiman (Dr), McBratney, Alex (Professor)

Mitigating Seasonal Poverty through Domestic Migration in Bangladesh

In many developing countries, intra-country variation in poverty rates and job opportunities can be very high. For example, while Bangladesh as a whole is on target to achieving the more...

Supervisor(s): Chowdhury, Shyamal (Dr)

Aeolian dust in contemporary Australia – a fertiliser, a contaminator or just an occasionally spectacular nuisance?

Aeolian dust usually receives little popular attention in Australia until a massive, rolling dust storm blows out of the arid interior and reduces visibility and air quality across more...

Supervisor(s): Cattle, Stephen (Associate Professor)

Dynamics of litterfall and fine fuels after fire in sclerophyll forests and woodlands.

Litterfall is a dynamic process and subject to major seasonal variation.  In eucalypt forests and woodlands, droughts may induce significant (e.g. +50%) increases in annual lit more...

Supervisor(s): Adams, Mark (Professor)

Land use evolution under climatic uncertainty

Land use in agriculturally intensive regions of Australia is invariably changing due to competing socioeconomic preferences constrained by biophysical factors. It is therefore impor more...

Supervisor(s): Odeh, Inakwu (Dr)

Enhancing plant nutrition with rhizosphere microbes

Providing sustainable food yields to an ever increasing global population is one of the greatest challenges of this century. New techniques are needed that will provide increased cr more...

Supervisor(s): Kertesz, Michael (Associate Professor), Trethowan, Richard (Professor)

Water use characteristics (tree hydraulics) of resprouting eucalypts in Low and High Elevation Mixed Species Forests, north-east Victoria, southern NSW and the ACT

This project will quantify whole-tree water use in sub-catchments that were burnt in 2003, 2007 and 2009.  Resprouting eucalypts dominate many of the foothill forests and woodl more...

Supervisor(s): Adams, Mark (Professor)

Plant-microbe communication - the stimulation of bacterial sulfatases

The roots of all crop plants are surrounded by a myriad of other organisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa and invertebrates. This community plays a crucial role in maintaining more...

Supervisor(s): Kertesz, Michael (Associate Professor)