Dr Mick Rose is interested in the interactions between plants, microorganisms and their environment and how agronomic management practices influence these interactions. Mick undertook his PhD at the University of Sydney through an Australian Cotton CRC scholarship, exploring the role of wetland plants and microorganisms in improving water quality on cotton farms. Mick has since conducted research on plant growth-promoting biofertilisers in Vietnam; abiotic stress tolerance in rice in Japan and organic amendments for soil health and plant productivity in Victoria, Australia. Mick worked as a Research Scientist with NSW Department of Primary Industries from 2014 - 2023, on a variety of projects researching the potential impacts of pesticides on soil biological processes, crop health and the wider environment. More recently he has been involved in defining microbial indicators of soil health.