Agricultural Scholarship for Understanding P dynamics in soil

University of Western Australia, The (UWA)

The Postgraduate Research scholarship is part of the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) project Increasing profits from N, P and K fertiliser inputs into the evolving cropping sequences in the Western Region. The cost of fertilisers is the highest variable cost for grain producers in the Western Region, but decision gaps exist in N, P and K fertilizer management because of the climate and farming systems changes that occurred after most crop nutrition knowledge had been obtained. Soil P has accumulated across much of the region, with a recent survey showing that 70% of soils have sufficient soil P levels. With fertiliser decisions being based on the premise of P deficiency, it is clear that P fertiliser management in Western Region soils must change, but the knowledge needed to guide such a change is inadequate. A PhD student will join the multidisciplinary team including personnel from Universities (UWA, Adelaide Univ), WA Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development, and fertiliser companies to work on characterising the priming effect of relatively small amounts of starter-P fertiliser on root and shoot growth of wheat, canola and narrow-leaf lupins. There is flexibility in terms of focussing the project, with a number of possible aspects (eg. soil science, root physiology, plant nutrition, genetics, agronomy, modelling, etc.). Appropriate research and mentoring support will be provided, with travelling opportunities to relevant conferences in Australia and overseas.


Completed Honours degree (H1 or H2A) or MSc or equivalent

Amount $30,000

The scholarship value is $30000 and its a fortnightly stipend.

Closing date End October
Frequency Annual
Student type Australian
Gender Co-Ed
For Australian students
For international students
Level of study Postgraduate
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