Tailings materials from mines and ore beneficiation may have chemical characteristics that make them suitable as soil amendment for agricultural use.  Tailings high in Ca or alkalinity may be used as liming materials, but the risks of reusing these materials need to be fully understood. This projects will investigate the effect of tailings as a liming material for acidic soil, and tests the availaibility of trace elements within the amended soil. This study will be laboratory and/or glasshouse based and suits a student interested in soil chemistry. This project is co-supervised by A/Prof Peter Kopittke. The outcomes of the project is an understanding of the mobility of unusual trace elements in soil amended with liming materials.

Location: St Lucia campus

Supervisor: Dr Bernhard Wehr

Project members

Dr Bernhard Wehr

Lecturer in Soil Chemistry
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Dr Peter Kopittke

Associate Professor - Soil Science
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences