The main focus of this year’s symposium will be to highlight the expanding role legumes and biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) has to Australian agriculture. Legumes are increasingly being used for their rotational benefits in agriculture and will continue to be a prominent component of Australian cropping systems as they move to more sustainable diversified activities. Although the benefits of enhanced soil nitrogen deposition are well known, the feasibility and effectiveness of growing legume rotations and maximising BNF inputs remains a challenge to many farming systems in Australia.
SUNFix has played a leading role in providing an open platform by which researchers and industry can engage and discuss the challenges to legume productivity and the processes controlling BNF. On behalf of the organising committee I hope you can come to the University of Sydney for an exciting day of research presentations and discussion on this important topic.
Three Pulsford student travel grants of up to $500, donated by the late David Pulsford of Bio-Care Technology, will be awarded to postgraduate research students or early career research fellows with PhDs of less than three years standing. Awardees will be reimbursed the amount of their travel, and selection will be based on the best abstracts submitted.
There will also be an Alan Gibson Prize of $500 awarded for the best student presentation at the Symposium.
You are invited to join us for the 19th SUNFix Symposium on Friday 29 June 2018.