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PhD: Next-generation fertilisers for nutrient stewardship in cotton production

About half of the world’s used soda-lime glass (container glass) is unfit for recycling, but a newly developed process can extract sodium silicate from it. Sodium silicate is a feedstock widely used in making detergents, paper and shoes. New evidence also suggests its use as a fertiliser for plant growth, especially where phosphorous is limited. However, the cost of plant-available silicate generally outweighs the benefit in broadacre cropping. This PhD project focuses on improving glass processing and finding ways to create a cheaper soluble silica fertiliser.

Project date

15 Jan 2017-15 Jan 2020
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Principal investigator

Rhys Pirie

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Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) delivers outcomes in cotton research, development and extension (RD&E) for the Australian …

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  • Location

    Australia wide

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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Sustainabilities

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  • Start date

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  • Research organisations

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF), The University of Queensland (UQ), University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

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