Agronomy and Soils

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The agronomy and soils group focuses on sustainable agricultural production. Most of our research involves field trial work in collaboration with key farmers or farm groups, followed by a controlled environment or glasshouse studies to resolve underlying mechanisms.

Our research expertise and interests enable us to address a range of fundamental, strategic and applied aspects of crop-plant agronomy, the interaction of plants with soils, and other genotypes by environment (GxE) interactions.

Current Research

Research in soils and agronomy is diverse and includes work on nutrient use efficiency, coastal cropping systems, cover cropping and inter-cropping, greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and herbicide residue impacts on crop growth and soil biology. We also work closely with breeding teams at Southern Cross Plant Science on genotype x environment interactions, since the productivity and health of plants and their use as food crops is strongly dependent upon the adaptation and matching of the sets of genes within a plant (its genotype) with environmental factors, including soil, climate and stresses from pests and diseases.