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Aeolian dust in contemporary Australia – a fertiliser, a contaminator or just an occasionally spectacular nuisance?

Aeolian dust usually receives little popular attention in Australia until a massive, rolling dust storm blows out of the arid interior and reduces visibility and air quality across more...

Supervisor(s): Cattle, Stephen (Associate Professor)

Plant-microbe communication - the stimulation of bacterial sulfatases

The roots of all crop plants are surrounded by a myriad of other organisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa and invertebrates. This community plays a crucial role in maintaining more...

Supervisor(s): Kertesz, Michael (Associate Professor)

Dynamics of litterfall and fine fuels after fire in sclerophyll forests and woodlands.

Litterfall is a dynamic process and subject to major seasonal variation.  In eucalypt forests and woodlands, droughts may induce significant (e.g. +50%) increases in annual lit more...

Supervisor(s): Adams, Mark (Professor)

Water use characteristics (tree hydraulics) of resprouting eucalypts in Low and High Elevation Mixed Species Forests, north-east Victoria, southern NSW and the ACT

This project will quantify whole-tree water use in sub-catchments that were burnt in 2003, 2007 and 2009.  Resprouting eucalypts dominate many of the foothill forests and woodl more...

Supervisor(s): Adams, Mark (Professor)

Charcoal production during prescribed fire and its role in carbon turnover

Prescribed fires convert variable amounts of biomass into a variety of forms of ‘black carbon’.  Both the rate (and efficiency) of conversion and the forms of black more...

Supervisor(s): Adams, Mark (Professor)

Genetics of resistance to rust diseases in cultivated barley

Rust diseases, particularly leaf rust, impact on barley production not only in Australia but also overseas. The most economical and sustainable way to control these diseases is via more...

Supervisor(s): Park, Robert (Professor)

Black Carbon in Soils

Carbon emissions during bushfires may be very large for southern forests in Australia. This may be offset in part by the deposition of black carbon or charcoal to the soil surface. more...

Supervisor(s): Adams, Mark (Professor), Bell, Tina (Associate Professor)

Modelling the ionic composition of streams for improved management of salinity

Stream salinity is a major environmental problem in Australia however much of the existing research is based on measurements of stream electrical conductivity (EC) which provides li more...

Supervisor(s): Bishop, Thomas (Associate Professor)

How can we perform experiments in real landscapes?

This project addresses the fundamental environmental issue of land degradation in Australia.  Current management practices are unsustainable as evidenced by the decline in our more...

Supervisor(s): Bishop, Thomas (Associate Professor)

The influence of microbial interactions on mushroom production

Mushrooms are an economically important food source with an annual retail value in Australia of almost $700 million. Although edible fungi have been grown for many years, knowledge more...

Supervisor(s): Kertesz, Michael (Associate Professor)