We apply a multidisciplinary approach involving plant and soil science, microbiology, chemistry and chemical engineering to help address both the financial and environmental issues resulting from inefficient nitrogen fertiliser use by developing new ‘smart fertilisers’ and inhibitors.
These technologies work with the soil microbiome and plant root systems to release the nitrogen plants need for growth when the plants need it and thereby reduce nitrogen losses.
Associated research groups
Research groups that offer or are affiliated with this capability.
The management of nutrients applied in agricultural production systems is a key challenge for sustainable long-term food security under a changing climate.
The Smart Fertilisers Group adopts innovative techniques to develop a new generation of inhibitors and controlled-release fertilisers.
Please email Professor Deli Chen for more information.
Professor Deli Chen