A commercial composting operation on the Darling Downs currently processes around 30,000 tpa of layer chicken manure, generating only one compost product for use in agriculture and horticulture.

This project will investigate whether and which other products for which markets can be generated by (i) extending the composting time, (ii) varying the blending ratio of manure and bulking material, (iii) using different bulking material, and (iv) further processing (e.g. pelletising) and refining.

This project will be carried out in collaboration with the commercial composting company.

Before you apply: contact the primary or associate supervisor for more details.

Location: Gatton and St Lucia

This project is offered to Honours and Masters by Coursework students.

Project members

Primary Supervisor

Mr Johannes Biala

Research Centre Manager
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Associate Supervisors

Associate Professor Victor Galea

Deputy Head of School
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Affiliated Associate Professor
Centre for Crop Science

Professor Susanne Schmidt

Professor
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Affiliated Professor
Centre for Horticultural Science