Dr Sheikh Rabbi

Postdoctoral Research Associate
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

C02F - Centre for Carbon, Water and Food
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1825

Biographical details

Dr Sheikh Rabbi received PhD degree from University of New England, Australia on organic matter stabilisation in soil aggregates. He worked on to integrate physical, biochemical and molecular biological properties of soil carbon in micro-aggregates to fully understand carbon stabilisation processes. Dr Rabbi worked in several research projects as a research fellow. He worked in “Soil carbon in eastern Australia farming system” project at University of New England, Australia and used advanced statistical techniques to estimate the influence of climate, soil properties and land management practices on carbon storage in agricultural soils of eastern Australia. In 2014, He commenced another research position at University of New England, Australia to study the root architectural variation in winter cereals in soil. Dr Rabbi was involved in developing X-ray micro-tomography technique to non-invasively study root architecture in soil and extraction of 3D rhizosphere to analyse of 3D porosity and pore size distribution of rhizosphere. He joined University of Sydney in 2016 to research on the link between rhizosphere development and crop drought tolerance.

Research interests

Dr Rabbi is a soil scientist with expertise in soil organic matter stabilisation, root architecture, rhizosphere processes, soil physics, and advanced statistical techniques. Currently Rabbi is involved in working on enhancing our understanding of biophysical processes that operate in the rhizosphere of cereals and legumes. He is using X-ray micro-tomography to study soil and plant roots in soil. Dr Rabbi is interested in studying organic matter dynamics in soil under different land uses and soil management regimes. His research also focuses on the mechanisms of organic carbon stabilisation in soil. He believes studying soil organic matter dynamic is essential for improving the productive capacity of soil and ensuring food security.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Rabbi, S., Tighe, M., Flavel, R., Kaiser, B., Guppy, C., Zhang, X., Young, I. (2018). Plant roots redesign the rhizosphere to alter the three-dimensional physical architecture and water dynamics. New Phytologist, 219(2), 542-550. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Tighe, M., Knox, O., Young, I. (2018). The impact of carbon addition on the organisation of rhizosheath of chickpea. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Flavel, R., Guppy, C., Rabbi, S., Young, I. (2017). An image processing and analysis tool for identifying and analysing complex plant root systems in 3D soil using non-destructive analysis: Root1. PloS One, 12(5), 1-18. [More Information]
  • Khandakar, T., Guppy, C., Tighe, M., Rabbi, S., Daniel, H. (2017). Increased Carbon Stabilization in Australian Ferrosol with High Carbon Saturation Deficit. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 48(15), 1772-1780. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Guppy, C., Tighe, M., Flavel, R., Young, I. (2017). Root architectural responses of wheat cultivars to localised phosphorus application are phenotypically similar. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 180, 169-177. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Guppy, C., Flavel, R., Tighe, M., Young, I. (2017). Root Plasticity Not Evident in N-Enriched Soil Volumes for Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) Varieties. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 48(17), 2002-2012. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Daniel, H., Lockwood, P., Macdonald, C., Pereg, L., Tighe, M., Wilson, B., Young, I. (2016). Physical soil architectural traits are functionally linked to carbon decomposition and bacterial diversity. Scientific Reports, 6, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Wilson, B., Lockwood, P., Daniel, H., Young, I. (2015). Aggregate hierarchy and carbon mineralization in two Oxisols of New South Wales, Australia. Soil and Tillage Research, 146, 193-203. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Tighe, M., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Cowie, A., Robertson, F., Dalal, R., Page, K., Crawford, D., Wilson, B., et al (2015). Climate and soil properties limit the positive effects of land use reversion on carbon storage in Eastern Australia. Scientific Reports, 5, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Linser, R., Hook, J., Wilson, B., Lockwood, P., Daniel, H., Young, I. (2014). Characterization of Soil Organic Matter in Aggregates and Size-Density Fractions by Solid State 13C CPMAS NMR Spectroscopy. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 45(11), 1523-1537. [More Information]
  • Halder, M., Mahmud, A., Amin, M., Rabbi, S., Islam, F., Rahman, M., Nandi, N., Mouri, N., Ray, S., Joardar, J. (2014). Effect of Iron Dust on Arsenic Accumulation and Nutrient Status of Ipomoea aquatica Grown in Arsenic Contaminated Soil. Research Journal of Soil Biology, 6(1), 17-24. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Wilson, B., Lockwood, P., Daniel, H., Young, I. (2014). Soil organic carbon mineralization rates in aggregates under contrasting land uses. Geoderma, 216, 10-18. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Roy, B., Miah, M., Amin, M., Khandakar, T. (2014). Spatial Variability of Physical Soil Quality Index of an Agricultural Field. Applied and Environmental Soil Science, 2014, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Tighe, M., Cowie, A., Wilson, B., Schwenke, G., McLeod, M., Badgery, W., Baldo, J. (2014). The relationships between land uses, soil management practices, and soil carbon fractions in South Eastern Australia. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 197, 41-52. [More Information]
  • Cowie, A., Lonergan, V., Rabbi, S., Fornasier, F., Macdonald, C., Harden, S., Kawasaki, A., Singh, B. (2013). Impact of carbon farming practices on soil carbon in northern New South Wales. Soil Research, 51(7-8), 707-718. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Hua, Q., Daniel, H., Lockwood, P., Wilson, B., Young, I. (2013). Mean residence time of soil organic carbon in aggregates under contrasting land uses based on radiocarbon measurements. Radiocarbon, 55(1), 127-139. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Rabbi, S., Lockwood, P., Daniel, H. (2010). How do microaggregates stabilize soil organic matter? 19th World Congress of Soil Science 2010, Warragul, Victoria, Australia: Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated.

2018

  • Rabbi, S., Tighe, M., Flavel, R., Kaiser, B., Guppy, C., Zhang, X., Young, I. (2018). Plant roots redesign the rhizosphere to alter the three-dimensional physical architecture and water dynamics. New Phytologist, 219(2), 542-550. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Tighe, M., Knox, O., Young, I. (2018). The impact of carbon addition on the organisation of rhizosheath of chickpea. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 1-9. [More Information]

2017

  • Flavel, R., Guppy, C., Rabbi, S., Young, I. (2017). An image processing and analysis tool for identifying and analysing complex plant root systems in 3D soil using non-destructive analysis: Root1. PloS One, 12(5), 1-18. [More Information]
  • Khandakar, T., Guppy, C., Tighe, M., Rabbi, S., Daniel, H. (2017). Increased Carbon Stabilization in Australian Ferrosol with High Carbon Saturation Deficit. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 48(15), 1772-1780. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Guppy, C., Tighe, M., Flavel, R., Young, I. (2017). Root architectural responses of wheat cultivars to localised phosphorus application are phenotypically similar. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 180, 169-177. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Guppy, C., Flavel, R., Tighe, M., Young, I. (2017). Root Plasticity Not Evident in N-Enriched Soil Volumes for Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) Varieties. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 48(17), 2002-2012. [More Information]

2016

  • Rabbi, S., Daniel, H., Lockwood, P., Macdonald, C., Pereg, L., Tighe, M., Wilson, B., Young, I. (2016). Physical soil architectural traits are functionally linked to carbon decomposition and bacterial diversity. Scientific Reports, 6, 1-9. [More Information]

2015

  • Rabbi, S., Wilson, B., Lockwood, P., Daniel, H., Young, I. (2015). Aggregate hierarchy and carbon mineralization in two Oxisols of New South Wales, Australia. Soil and Tillage Research, 146, 193-203. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Tighe, M., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Cowie, A., Robertson, F., Dalal, R., Page, K., Crawford, D., Wilson, B., et al (2015). Climate and soil properties limit the positive effects of land use reversion on carbon storage in Eastern Australia. Scientific Reports, 5, 1-10. [More Information]

2014

  • Rabbi, S., Linser, R., Hook, J., Wilson, B., Lockwood, P., Daniel, H., Young, I. (2014). Characterization of Soil Organic Matter in Aggregates and Size-Density Fractions by Solid State 13C CPMAS NMR Spectroscopy. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 45(11), 1523-1537. [More Information]
  • Halder, M., Mahmud, A., Amin, M., Rabbi, S., Islam, F., Rahman, M., Nandi, N., Mouri, N., Ray, S., Joardar, J. (2014). Effect of Iron Dust on Arsenic Accumulation and Nutrient Status of Ipomoea aquatica Grown in Arsenic Contaminated Soil. Research Journal of Soil Biology, 6(1), 17-24. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Wilson, B., Lockwood, P., Daniel, H., Young, I. (2014). Soil organic carbon mineralization rates in aggregates under contrasting land uses. Geoderma, 216, 10-18. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Roy, B., Miah, M., Amin, M., Khandakar, T. (2014). Spatial Variability of Physical Soil Quality Index of an Agricultural Field. Applied and Environmental Soil Science, 2014, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Tighe, M., Cowie, A., Wilson, B., Schwenke, G., McLeod, M., Badgery, W., Baldo, J. (2014). The relationships between land uses, soil management practices, and soil carbon fractions in South Eastern Australia. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 197, 41-52. [More Information]

2013

  • Cowie, A., Lonergan, V., Rabbi, S., Fornasier, F., Macdonald, C., Harden, S., Kawasaki, A., Singh, B. (2013). Impact of carbon farming practices on soil carbon in northern New South Wales. Soil Research, 51(7-8), 707-718. [More Information]
  • Rabbi, S., Hua, Q., Daniel, H., Lockwood, P., Wilson, B., Young, I. (2013). Mean residence time of soil organic carbon in aggregates under contrasting land uses based on radiocarbon measurements. Radiocarbon, 55(1), 127-139. [More Information]

2010

  • Rabbi, S., Lockwood, P., Daniel, H. (2010). How do microaggregates stabilize soil organic matter? 19th World Congress of Soil Science 2010, Warragul, Victoria, Australia: Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated.

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