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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)

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)

Digital Soil Mapping for the Countries in the Oceania Region

A Digital World Soil Properties Map consortium is formed (www.globalsoilmap.net). The objective of this consortium is to create a digital map of the world’s soil properties. A more...

Supervisor(s): Minasny, Budiman (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)

Digital Terroirs for the Hunter Wine Country Private Irrigation District

Terroir is a commonly used concept in France and other European countries for the designation of quality wines. This concept has not been widely developed or accepted in Australia. more...

Supervisor(s): McBratney, Alex (Professor)

Improving the auditability of soil carbon

Soil systems are recognised as a significant terrestrial sink of carbon. The reliable assessment and monitoring of soil carbon stocks is of key importance for soil conservation and more...

Supervisor(s): McBratney, Alex (Professor)

How does carbon affect soil structure?

Soil structure plays an important role in maintaining the quality of soil, mediating important biological, chemical and physical soil processes. Soil structure determines water rete more...

Supervisor(s): McBratney, Alex (Professor)

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)

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)