Characterisation of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, herbicides and novel fertiliser interactions for sustainable agriculture

Investigating how soil microbes contribute to nutrient cycling and the efficiency of fertiliser use

Some agricultural practices can override microbial processes in soil, including beneficial plant-microbial symbioses.

This project will investigate whether herbicides influence soil biological processes when different types of fertilisers are used. It is expected that complex interactions between fertiliser practice and herbicides may alter herbicide efficacy in weed control.

Novel fertiliser practices claimed to maximise benefits from soil microbial processes will be compared with traditional fertiliser practices. This project will evaluate fertiliser-herbicide interactions to clarify whether soil microbial benefits can be included as part of weed control programs.

The project is funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant with industry partners Department of Agriculture and Food of Western Australia and Australian Mineral Fertilisers.

For more background information see the suggested readings below.

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Research team leader: Dr Zakaria Solaiman

I am a soil microbiologist who has been researching arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, molecular soil ecology and plant nutrition for the past 20 years. I wrote my PhD on soil microbiology and plant nutrition and pursued several postdoctoral positions in Japan before moving to The University of Western Australia in 2000.

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