Uptake of micronutrients in macadamia trees is generally poor and this impairs growth, nut set and yield. The thick cuticle of the leaves limits uptake of trace elements, and novel approaches are needed to increase uptake and availability of trace elements. This project will use several approaches to increase uptake of Zn (and Fe) applied to foliage of glasshouse grown trees. This project is suitable for students interested in plant nutrition and soil chemistry/plant biochemistry. This project is co-supervised by Dr Tim Smith (DAF). The outcomes of this project are improved techniques to apply trace elements to macadamia trees to improve their uptake.

Location: St Lucia

This project is available to Honours and Postgraduate Coursework students.

Project members

Principal Supervisor:

Dr Bernhard Wehr

Lecturer in Soil Chemistry
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences