Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Waite Research Institute, GRDC, and Australian Society of Soil Science Inc are presenting a workshop on ‘Chemistry, amelioration and management of alkaline soils’ at the Waite Campus on Thursday, 27th of June.

Alkaline soils cover 24% of Australia with 62 Mha occurring in SE Australia. The chemical and physical properties of alkaline soils impose important constraints to yield yet their amelioration is difficult and consequently has been largely ignored. The chemical properties of alkaline soils are also unfavourable for organic carbon accumulation and the soil organic C concentrations of alkaline soils are intrinsically low which may be limiting the benefits of stubble retention systems on these soils.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together key local and national scientists to review our current state of knowledge of alkaline soils, identify important research gaps and to suggest the most productive areas for future work.

The workshop will consider a range of topics including chemistry of alkaline soils and organic carbon, measurements of organic carbon, biological activity of alkaline soils, crop breeding and plant response in alkaline soils, nutrient cycling and water use efficiency and farming systems.

INVITED SPEAKERS

Dr Pichu Rengasamy, University of Adelaide

Professor Caixian Tang, Latrobe University

Dr Roger Armstrong, DPI Victoria

Dr Tim Setter, DAFWA

Dr Gupta Vadakattu, CSIRO

Dr Rob Fitzpatrick, CSIRO

Closing date for registrations: 24th of June

When: Thursday June 27th, 2013, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Charles Hawker Conference Centre, Charles Hawker Building room 107, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus, Waite Road Urrbrae

Click on this link http://alkalinesoils.eventbrite.com.au and follow the instructions. There will be a receipt issued at the completion of your transaction, and a ticket with booking details.

For more information contact Dr Ehsan Tavakkoli (Phone (8) 8313 2400), (ehsan.tavakkoli@adelaide.edu.au)