Researching Nutrient Use Efficiencies in Agriculture and Ecological Science
Located in Brisbane, Australia…
We have a long and prosperous history with our industry partners. We have access to some of the most modern analytical services here at the University of Queensland. Furthermore, we have developed relationships with other institutions all over the globe, allowing us access to state-of-the-art technology. NUE Lab is dedicated to conducting world-class science and achieving top-level results. Find out more below.
We have research for students at all stages of their academic career. From undergraduate courses (summer, capstone, etc.), honours, master’s thesis, and HDR candidates. If you’re interested in plant science, agriculture, microbiology (rhizobia and/or the rhizosphere), plant-nutrient relationships, and/or sustainability, we can facilitate your research. For more information Click Here; or, check out Current Projects.
Current and Future Projects
Plant Nutrition and Ecophysiology
We study nutrient use by plants and the nutrient transformation in soil to enable re-purposing nutrients from wastes and recarbonising soils. Interdisciplinary collaboration allows diverse cutting-edge techniques, from molecular to whole system.
We pioneer microdialysis in tropical systems for new insight into the soil-plant interface. Screening crop genotypes and next-generation fertilisers in controlled and field conditions joins experimental control with relevance. Nucleotide and functional analysis of microbial communities advances understanding of nutrient processes in soils. Research of soil chronosequences gauges long-term processes with view of carbon and greenhouse gas fluxes
Ecosystem Restoration and Soil Health
As we enter the United Nations ‘Decade of Ecosystem Restoration’, there is now wide acknowledgment that is much to restore. This is urgent with many of the world’s species threatened with extinction and because degraded landscapes not only lose the ability to protect nature but humans also suffer.
Sustainable Next-Generation Fertilisers
Researching with us
Interested in undertaking a research program to complement, or complete your degree?
Get a head-start and find out what research is all about. Get involved with many of our ongoing projects. We can facilitate a project for any level of research:
- Summer Short-Courses
- Capstone Research
- Honor’s Project
- Master’s Project
Undertake research that interests you!
We have multiple ongoing projects ranging from plant science and nutrition, molecular biology, soil-geochemistry, and more…
If you have a special interest and would like to explore it further, please don’t hesitate to ask
Learning Outcomes when studying with us...
Undertaking a project here will teach you how to become a sovereign researcher. Your time here will prepare you to be autonomous in the laboratory, allowing you to thrive in a future academic career or in the real world. A few core learning outcomes are as follows:
- Learn to hypothesis and conduct novel research based on scientific literature
- Learn how to develop your own methods and conduct real laboratory experiments
- Learn how to collect, organise, and conclude your own data
- Learn how to write in a scientific manner
- Learn how to publish and contribute to the scientific world (hopefully!)
Supervision and Co-supervision
Get exposed to and work with some of the best researcher’s in the world. We have a multi-disciplinary and cross-faculty approach to our research. We can help you find supervision to bridge and build your research interests.
Uncertain what you would like to study?
Choose from a range of different topics:
- Plant physiology
- Plant-organism relationships
- Agriculture science