Conventional soil analysis generates indirect information about nutrients, and much high-production agriculture suffers from huge inefficiencies and pollution as a result of ineffective fertilisers. This project uses novel micro-dialysis to quantify fluxes of nutrients in soil, a technique adapted from neuroscience for soils. High-resolution, real-time nutrient flux quantification advances understanding of the complex interface between soil and plants.

Location: St Lucia

Expected outcomes: laboratory and field techniques, with an understanding of organic compounds as signalling compounds and nutrients sources. Preparation for profession in research, industry or government

Supervisors: Professor Susanne Schmidt, Dr Richard Brackin

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Project members

Professor Susanne Schmidt

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