High input of fertilisers causes pollution. This project explores sugarcane varieties with the aim of identifying those with a superior ability to acquire nitrogen from fertilisers and soil, and to use nitrogen for crucial processes once acquired. The project is aligned with international efforts to select and breed crops that are not only high yielding and disease resistant but also resource use-efficient to achieve high-production, low-input agriculture.

Location: Brisbane, with a possible field trip to North Queensland

Expected outcomes: an understanding of sugarcane physiology, laboratory and field techniques, concepts relating to resource use-efficient crops, plant-soil-fertiliser interactions, collaboration with sugarcane industry, and preparation for profession in agro-industries and research

Supervisors: Professor Susanne Schmidt

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Project members

Professor Susanne Schmidt

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences