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Characterising hydrophobic soils

Project Number # 4107-15

Characterising hydrophobic soils

Project Leader:  Luke Kitchens

Soil hydrophobicity affects up to 10 million hectares of Australian land, which has environmental and economic consequences for rural water management, land management and agricultural related industries. To better manage and prevent this phenomenon, a greater understanding of the organic compounds that induce water repellency is needed. This will not only help to identify areas at high risk of hydrophobicity, but also contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms of soil hydrophobicity at the physico-chemical level. Soil samples below targeted native Australian species in Kings Park will be characterised in order to determine if common organic compounds can be deemed responsible for this phenomenon.


Sponsor:  ChemCentre

Supervisors Dr David Henry and Prof Richard Harper [Murdoch University]