Research

The research activities of the consortium are listed below to encourage and enhance collaboration and avoid duplication of research.

Dr Levente Bodrossy et al. – IMOS NRS Marine microbial observatories
January 2019

Affiliation – Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), CSIRO

Summary –

Keywords: pelagic, marine, microbial observatories

Shelby Berg PhD student – Soil and root microbiomes of crop probiotic treated field grown sugar cane
January 2019

Affiliation – School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland

Summary – Sustainable cropping: Field-grown sugarcane was treated with putative crop beneficial microbes (commercial products). The analysis of soil and root microbiomes from the treated plants showed that soil and root bacterial communities were not affected by microbial product application. However, three OUT assigned to fungi were altered (initiated as part of BASE).
Commercial products were also applied to vegetable seedlings in the nursery to investigate the potential improvement of growth and performance. Ongoing research will explore whether commercial crop ‘probiotics’ are of benefit for crop industries.

Keywords: crop, soil, root, sugarcane, bacteria, fungi, probiotic

Prof S. Schmidt, Dr J. Anderson – Biocontrol microbes for cucurbits crop disease
January 2019

Affiliation – School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland

Summary – Investigation of microbiome to identify potential biocontrol microbes for ‘Gummy stem disease’ in cucurbits.

Keywords: crop, cucurbit, biocontrol, disease

Prof S. Schmidt, Dr W. Williams – Investigation of Nitrogen fixation microbial hotspot to assist rangeland management and support a sustainable grazing industry
January 2019

Affiliation – School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland

Summary – Sustainable grazing lands: Microbial communities of northern Rangelands (Kidman Springs Research Station, NT) are being examined to identify nitrogen fixation hotspots. Soil surface and deeper soil communities have been analysed are part of the BASE initiative. The findings will inform further research to quantify N fixation and assist strategic decisions on rangeland management to maximise biological N fixation, minimise land degradation, and support a sustainable grazing industry. The study is planned to expand to the Wombiana Research Station (North-Central QLD).

Keywords: nitrogen fixation, grazing, soil, management