• Project No 4107
  • Project Name The contribution of Western Australian native plant species to water repellency
  • Lead Organisation ChemCentre
  • Research Lead Murdoch University
  • Main Researcher Luke Kitchens
  • Completion Year 2015

National Research Priority: Liveability

Project Description

Soil hydrophobicity is reported to vary under different vegetation types, and in different soil environments (e.g. pH, soil texture, total organic carbon, and microbial activity). Organic compounds, such as fatty acids and non-polar waxes, are understood to coat soil surfaces, creating hydrophobic barriers that prevent water penetration.  This project investigated links between soil hydrophobicity and a range of Australian native species at a bushland site in Kings Park, Western Australia.

Honours Thesis completed by Luke Kitchens in June 2015.