The challenge of predicting metal transfer through the soil-plant-animal continuum
The 24th G.W. Leeper Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor Neal Menzies, Head of the University of Queensland’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Soil acidity can lead to aluminium toxicity, slowing root growth in plants, restricting their access to water and nutrients. Poor crop and pasture growth, yield reduction and smaller grain size occur as a result of inadequate water and nutrition.
In this lecture, he examines the ongoing challenges posed by soil acidity through the lens of his own career as a soil scientist - from the bucket chemistry of soil extractions through to the extraordinary insights provided by the Synchrotron.