Rhizobia stability and performance in Kabuli Chickpea

Summary

Through the Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) ‘Developing sustainable cropping systems for cotton, grains and fodder’ the University of Sydney will fund two PhD projects investigating chickpea production delivering advances in productivity and sustainability to northern Australia. Projects will focus on developing heat tolerant chickpea lines and the identification and development of rhizobial inoculants for northern Australian soils. 
A complimentary scholarship for this project is available. To find out more, refer to the Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Chickpea Production in Northern Australia
The supervisory team for this project also includes Dr Rosalind Deaker, Professor Richard Trethowan, and Dr Helen Bramley.

Supervisor(s)

Professor Brent Kaiser

Research Location

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Program Type

PHD

Synopsis

The ability of legume plants to form a symbiotic partnership with nitrogen fixing rhizobia bacteria provides an ecological niche enabling plant growth on low soil nitrogen environments. When used as a rotational legume with non-nitrogen fixing crops, legumes can be an effective tool to supplement nitrogen fertiliser requirements across the farming cycle. The stability of Rhizobia in the soil and their effectiveness to invade and establish nitrogen-fixing symbioses with legumes are critical requirements for a long-lasting symbiotic partnership. This project will investigate the performance of rhizobia bacteria with kabuli chickpeas grown in northern Australia and in Narrabri, NSW. The project will attempt to identify suitable rhizobia species that improve nitrogen fixation capacity, and which retain symbiotic capacity in the soil across extended seasons. 
This PhD projects will investigate chickpea production capabilities in northern Australia (Ord River Valley) with parallel evaluations in Narrabri NSW. It will also involve annual field-based research activities as well as lab-based analysis including physiological and molecular technologies.

Additional Information

A complimentary scholarship for this project is available. To find out more, refer to the Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Chickpea Production in Northern Australia. 
The supervisory team for this project also includes Dr Rosalind Deaker, Professor Richard Trethowan, and Dr Helen Bramley
In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirements may include: 

  • Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree; Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo,);
  • Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
  • Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
  • Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. Narrabri and Kununurra);
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
  • Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s license 
You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Keywords

Chickpea, heat stress, plant breeding, Rhizobia, agriculture

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2399

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