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.
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