Trace metals, such as aluminium (Al) and copper (Cu), are toxic to plant root growth in acid soils and contaminated sites. Given the global importance of these toxicities, the effects of Al in plants have been studied for nearly a century, although the mechanisms by which metals reduce growth still remain unclear. This project aims to identify the reasons behind the toxicities of aluminium and other metals, and has the potential to increase yields in the 50 per cent of Australia’s agricultural land that is acid.

Location: St Lucia

Supervisors: Dr Peter Kopittke

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Project members

Dr Peter Kopittke

Associate Professor - Soil Science
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences