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Professor of Soil Biology (includes CottonInfo technical lead and myBMP module lead)

Soil microbial communities mediate key soil functions that are directly relevant to crop productivity, through their effects on resource availability (water and nutrients) and their potential role in disease suppression. This project will investigate the role of soil biology in developing a sustainable and profitable cotton production system by investigating i) the role of mycorrhizal association in resource acquisition and disease suppression, ii) the role of root exudation in modifying the microbial community composition and activity, and iii) cover cropping as a strategy to maximise the potential benefit of soil biology and soil health in Australian cotton production systems.

Project date

1 Jul 2019-30 Jun 2024
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Principal investigator

Oliver Knox

Project led by

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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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Characteristics of disease suppressive cotton farming systems and soils understood

Soil borne diseases continue to be one of the major constraints to cotton production. This project helps to identify soil …
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Start date

    1 Sep 2019

  • 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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