[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FT140100103]
Researchers A/Prof Megan Ryan
Brief description Phosphorus is commonly applied on farmland to ensure high yields. However, rock phosphate reserves are declining and leaching of phosphorus into native vegetation and water bodies causes significant environmental degradation. Thus, more phosphorus-efficient farming systems are urgently required. Many Australian native plants are adapted to low phosphorus soils, but this Fellowship contends that some are also adapted to large, fast fluctuations in phosphorus availability. This Fellowship will investigate plant adaptations to phosphorus fluctuations, such as storing phosphorus when it is abundant for later use, to aid development of crops with improved phosphorus fertiliser-use efficiency - crops for a phosphorus-scare future.
Funding Amount $887,482
Funding Scheme Future Fellowships