The Thomas Elder Institute is proud to be a partner in the multidisciplinary Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub for Smart Fertilisers at the University of Melbourne, which will develop a new class of fertilisers and inhibitors for Australian farmers.
To improve fertiliser efficiency, Hub researchers will apply plant and soil science, chemistry and chemical engineering to develop new biochemical inhibitors and ‘smart fertilisers’ that respond to rhizosphere signals to minimise nitrogen losses. These innovations aim to increase the efficiency of nitrogen use by up to 20 per cent, making a significant contribution to agriculture and the environment.
The Hub’s mission also includes developing evidence-based estimates of environmental and health costs of nitrogen losses and the social benefits of new fertilisers to inform government policy, industry and the community.
The ARC Research Hub for Smart Fertilisers seeks to:
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For more information including how you can partner with us, please call Dr Michael Wilkes, Head of Thomas Elder Institute on 0438211247.
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