Australian native plants and invasive/introduced plants are known to adapt well in nutrient-limited (particularly N- or P-limited) soils. Understanding how these species alter nutrient dynamics in the rhizosphere to be beneficial for themselves will provide opportunities for us to develop more efficient and sustainable field management for horticulture, agronomy, organic farming operations or plant rehabilitation. This study will involve collecting root exudates from several plant species. The effect of the exudates on soil chemical functions and crop growth will be determined either in laboratory or pot trials. This project will suit students interested in soil science, plant nutrition, production horticulture or agronomy.

Location: St Lucia and Gatton

Supervisors: Dr Ryo Fujinuma

Before you apply: contact the primary supervisor for more details

Expected outcomes: in-depth understanding of plant nutrition, design and implementation of trial

Project members