Plant based solutions to improve soil performance through rhizosphere modification

Project Background

Project Name Plant based solutions to improve soil performance through rhizosphere modification
Project Owner Southern Cross University (through CRC for High Performance Soils)
Project Partners

Soil CRC, Southern Cross University, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Herbert Cane Productivity Services, Murdoch University, Charles Sturt University, Burdekin Productivity Services, Farmlink, Hart Field Site Group, Riverine Plains, WANTFA

Project Contact

Terry Rose
Southern Cross University
02 66203457
Terry.rose@scu.edu.au

Project Investors

Soil CRC, Southern Cross University, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Herbert Cane Productivity Services, Murdoch University, Charles Sturt University, Burdekin Productivity Services, Farmlink, Hart Field Site Group, Riverine Plains, WANTFA

Project Summary

The project will determine the role of increased crop diversity in rotational systems for soil performance and farm profitability in broadacre grains and sugarcane industries.

The project will identify differences in root exudation/rhizodeposition, and root depth and distribution, of diverse plant species and link these to changes in soil biology, porosity and nutrient cycling that ultimately determine the soil’s ability to sustain healthy, high yielding crops.

Region Herbert
Project Duration 3.75 years

Research/Demo Sites

Site One

Site Type Research and demonstration
Site Subtype Commercial farm
Location Name Ingham
Site Contact

Lawrence Di Bella
Herbert Cane Productivity Services
07 47761808
ldibella@hcpsl.com.au

Site Purpose Investigating the impact of a range of cover crops on soil carbon, nutrients and microbiology, as well as subsequent cane yields.
Soil Type Dermosol
Rainfall 2000 mm