Soil Biology Symposium

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Grain growers, advisers and researchers recently gathered in Melbourne at a one-day symposium to learn about the latest soil biology research being done around the country.


The GRDC’s Soil Biology Initiative (SBI) II symposium in May highlighted new knowledge gained from the five-year initiative in the form of presentations from key researchers and growers. A key message was a healthy soil is a productive soil.

Data presented showed that farm practices that have a positive impact on soil biology include no-till, effective crop sequencing (rotations), lime applications and building up soil carbon.

While a baseline of knowledge has been built, most researchers said more work is needed to better understand the role of soil biology in directly influencing farm profit.