Up to $20 million in Australian Government grants is available for innovative research that addresses priority knowledge gaps in soil health and soil management as a part of the ‘Soil Science Challenge’.
The new research grants will tackle soil research priorities around carbon dynamics, hydrology, biology and nutrients, and the soil/root interface.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin encouraged research organisations in Barker to apply to the challenge and seek funding to develop projects that improve soil health and quality.
“These grants will provide research organisations with the opportunity to influence soil health in Australia, potentially increasing productivity and profitability on-farm, as well as increasing our resilience to a changing climate,” Mr Pasin said.
The Soil Science Challenge will add to Australia’s soil health knowledge and address soil-related research priorities under the $214.9 million National Soil Strategy.
Research will address priority gaps in soil science and help us understand how different management practices impact different soil types, soil organic carbon levels, productivity and environmental sustainability.
Mr Pasin said this will support decisions which influence soil health, leading to improved productivity, profitability, resilience and climate change mitigation.
Information about the National Soil Strategy can be found here.