Decreases in soil organic matter and changes in form of organic carbon are a serious soil health issue leading to long term decreases in soil productivity. The loss of organic matter is largely due to poor land/soil management practices that enhance microbial decomposition and release of soil carbon.
Our research focuses on restoration or increase of soil organic carbon levels (thereby soil health) through the use of various forms of organic inputs (e.g. biosolids, composts, biochar and lignite). Our aim is to increase nutrient bio-availability to promote crop growth and production which will in-turn enable agricultural systems to sequester more carbon and improve nutrient cycling and soil-plant water relationships.
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Name and Honorifics: Dr Tony Weatherley Title: Lecturer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: +61 3 8344 4642 The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences The University of Melbourne