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Waite Research Institute Webinar Series: Dr Lynne Macdonald
Nov 12, 2020, 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
The WRI is pleased to announce that our research seminar series is BACK – although now online! Register now to join in from your office, couch – anywhere you like!
This webinar series showcases the excellent science our members, affiliates and collaborators are undertaking across the agriculture, food and wine sectors. Expand your network and find new collaborators!
Everyone is welcome – webinars are generally scheduled at 11am on Thursdays, with some exceptions. Registration is required.
Dr Lynne Macdonald
Resilient soil systems: targeting strategic deep tillage and organic amendments
Soils are a key component of natural capital that underpin productive and resilient agricultural systems. With declining soil condition across the globe, there is a critical need to develop monitoring tools, establish functional thresholds, and identify a range of sustainable and restorative management options. Soil organic carbon (SOC) is one of the key indicators of soil condition yet recommending practices that build SOC stocks under Australian conditions remains challenging.
This seminar draws on a broad portfolio of research into soil carbon, organic amendments, and strategic deep tillage to discuss: i) better supporting stakeholders in estimating realistic SOC change targets by understanding the yield gap; ii) predicting the decomposition behaviour of organic amendments; iii) targeting soil improvement strategies based on subsoil constraints and production risk profiles.
WHEN: Thursday 12th November 2020, 11:00 am
Dr Lynne Macdonald is a senior research scientist and Team Leader with CSIRO Agriculture & Food (Adelaide Australia). Her research focuses on improving sustainable management by enhancing carbon stocks and flows through overcoming production constraints and supporting resilient soil function. She currently leads the GRDC Sandy Soils Initiative aiming to improve diagnosis and management of soil constraints, and has previously lead Australians National Biochar Initiative (2012-2014), key components of the National Soil Carbon Research Program (2009-2012, 2012-2015), and several investments in biological amendments (GRDC, QLD Accelerate Partnership).