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From waste to fertiliser, estimating the nutrient supply of organic amendments

Recycling of waste products is essential for sustainable and profitable farming. A key barrier preventing farmers from accounting for the value of the nutrients in organic amendments is the lack of a cross-industry user-friendly decision support tool, i.e. an integrated nutrient calculator that provides farmers the true economic value of organic amendments by demonstrating not just the total amount of nutrients contained, but also the timing of nutrient supply and the subsequent potential for reducing mineral fertiliser inputs to the …

Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Crop-soil process modelling of sugarcane systems

The Australian sugarcane industry is a major contributor to N pollution entering the Great Barrier Reef, with recent estimates suggesting it contributes to 56% of inorganic nitrogen loads. Additionally, Sugarcane soils are Australia’s largest contributors (per area) of the potent greenhouse gas (GHG) nitrous oxide (N2O). These losses illustrate an inefficient use of costly N fertilizers by sugarcane growers. Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) represents a unique opportunity to reduce environmental pollution, mitigate climate change and increase profitability in the …

Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Greenhouse gas emissions from sugarcane soils: strategies for increasing nitrogen use efficiency and reducing environmental pollution

The Australian sugarcane industry is a major contributor to N pollution entering the Great Barrier Reef, with recent estimates suggesting it contributes to 56% of inorganic nitrogen loads. Additionally, Sugarcane soils are Australia’s largest contributors (per area) of the potent greenhouse gas (GHG) nitrous oxide (N2O). These losses illustrate an inefficient use of costly N fertilizers by sugarcane growers. Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) represents a unique opportunity to reduce environmental pollution, mitigate climate change and increase profitability in the …

Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

To predict, to seek, to find...weeds

Weeds are a major cause of biodiversity loss in Australia. When an invasive weed emerges in a landscape, it is essential to act quickly to make sure that the spread of the weed is contained to allow for eradication or long term containment. To do this, we need to be able to predict the weed, and this requires the support of decision tools. In this research we will be using a newly developed methodology to predict the spread of highly …

Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Study levels
Master of Philosophy
Vacation research experience scheme

Looking for koalas with drones: project 1

Koalas are an iconic and economically important species for Australia. Threats to koalas have reduced numbers drastically over the past 20 years, and while these threats continue, koala numbers will continue to decline in Queensland and NSW. In this project, you will explore issues related to the better detection of koalas using advanced technologies such as drones.

Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Study levels
Master of Philosophy
Honours
Vacation research experience scheme

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