Seminar: Nutrient Cycling in the Soil-Plan System Driven by Microbes and Influenced by Many Factors

Professor Petra Marschner, Soils, School of Agriculture Food & Wine at the Adelaide University will be presenting a seminar about nutrient cycling in the soil-plant systems. Professor Marschner joins us from the Waite Campus.

Title: Nutrient Cycling in the Soil-Plan System Driven by Microbes and Influenced by Many Factors
When: Friday, April 7, 2017

  • 11:30am , morning tea in the Alderman Room, Mawson Building
  • 12:10pm, Seminar begins in Mawson Lecture Theatre, Mawson Building

Where: Mawson Building
Cost: Free

Abstract

Nutrient cycling in the soil-plant system is based on plant residues such as leaves and roots which are decomposed by soil microbes. Microbes gain energy and nutrients, but decomposition also releases CO2 and nutrients that can be taken up by plants.

Professor Marschner will discuss several factors influencing decomposition of organic materials including plant residue C/N ratio, soil water content, salinity and clay content.
She will show how biogeochemistry of acid sulfate soils is affected by organic matter and the potential organic materials to remediate acid sulfate soil drainage water.

For more information, please contact Cesca McInerny at cesca.mcinerney@adelaide.edu.au

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