GRS11004 - Overcoming soil constraints on crop productivity

Project Summary

Project Start Date
1 November 2016
Project End Date
31 December 2018
Supervisor Name
Ashley Franks
La Trobe University
Title: Investigations into the soil microbiology of subsoil manuring. This project is about boosting crop yields on hostile clay subsoils in the high rainfall zone of south-eastern Australia. This outcome is being achieved now with subsoil manuring - the practice of incorporating large volumes of organic amendment into dense (sodic) clay subsoil by deep ripping - which can improve the soil physical, chemical and biological characteristics and enhance crop yields. Although the soil microbial community is a key agent in this process, its role is poorly understood. This study aims to investigate the microbial ecology of subsoil amelioration and to establish the relationship between soil microbiology, soil physicochemical characteristics and crop performance.
Published Date
14 February 2018

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