2018 August

Ivanah at the 21st World Congress of Soil Science in Brazil

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During the week of the 12-17th August, Ivanah atteneded the 21st World Congress of Soil Science. The WCSS is held every four years and the premier gathering from soil scientists from across the globe. This year the congress was hosted by the Brazilian Soil Science Society in Rio de Janiero.

The congress was great week spent learning all about challenges and successes of Brazilian soils and agriculture. Ivanah presented a poster on her research titled ‘Renting the same room: Do roots repeatedly reoccupy the same spaces?’ which was all about using micro-computer tomography to determine the quanity and distribution of roots in a soil core over successive plantings. 

A real highlight of the week was getting up into the mountians behind Rio de Janerio on the field trip day and seeing the local agricultural areas and production systems. 


Vegetable farm in Brazil

Soils of brazil

Ivanah presenting her poster

Brazil soil profile







Apsara Amarasinghe joins TCRG

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Recently Apsara Amarasinghe arrived from Sri Lanka to commence her PhD studies with the Terrestrial Carbon Reseach Group. Apsara’s PhD research will be looking at soil biodiversity and nutrient dynamics under environmental plantings. Her PhD is one compontent of a larger project lead by Brian Wilson funded by the  Environmental Trust NSW for “Soil biodiversity benefits from environmental plantings”. 

Apsara has hit the ground running with already completing a number of soil sampling trips to Gunnedah and recently completing her confirmation of canditure. She is looking forward to further sampling trips to Dubbo, Emerald Plains and Wagga Wagga. 


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