Welcome to the UQ-Plant Nutrition and Ecophysiology group
We study plants in natural and bioproduction systems with questions and applications relating to ecology and next-generation bioproduction systems. Our research on plant and ecosystem function aims to develop better understanding of subtropical and tropical systems and improve resource use and ecosystem services.
- Nitrogen use efficiency in agriculture: identifying efficiency traits of sugarcane and sorghum, soil biology to improve N supply, and alternative N supply with biological N fixation (legume-sugarcane companion cropping).
- Organic nutrients and novel fertilisers: developing methodology to support the shift from conventional fertilisers to alternative nutrient supply systems for improved soil function, reduced pollution, waste recycling and biofortification.
- Microbiology of the rhizosphere: examining the roles of bacteria and fungi on plant function with fundamental research on plant-microbe-soil interactions and application in agriculture.
- Sustainable uses of native plants: developing bioresources, including arid zone spinifex grasses (Triodia spp.) for high-value biomaterials and regenerating secondary tropical forests for ecosystem services.