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Arable/Cropping Systems

Tuesday 10 May

History of stocks of soil C (& N) in Australian cropping soils. Issues to manage around building / maintaining C & N in cropping soils. What might be possible to store in a range of situations

Speaker: Associate Professor Frances Hoyle, Murdoch University, Australia

Panellist: Dr Susan Orgill, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Scientific and practical considerations to consider when seeking to maximise carbon sequestration within the context of commercial crop production

Speaker: Dr Sylvain Pellerin, Research Director, INRA, France

Panellist: Dr Holger Kirchmann, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Chair: Dr Michael Crawford, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils, Australia

Frances Hoyle

Fran is an Associate Professor in Soil Science and Industry Engagement, and Director of SoilsWest at Murdoch University. PhD in Soil Biology, MSc in Agriculture. Fran has a clear focus on communicating science and has worked to actively contribute to the development of RD&E priorities for the grains industry more broadly in soil science through a variety of mediums.

30 years research leadership in soil quality, integrated soil management, soil biology and organic carbon to support resilient and profitable dryland farming systems, including National, State and Regional investments. Science and broader publications on managing soil organic carbon, microbial processes, carbon cycling, benchmarking and modelling of soil organic carbon in Western Australia.

Murdoch University

Dr Susan Orgill

Dr Susan Orgill is a researcher based in Wagga Wagga and leads the Southern Soils R&D team for NSW Department of Primary Industries. Dr Orgill’s area of research is soil carbon science, and she is particularly passionate about farm ready solutions for producers to build soil carbon under grazing and cropping systems in NSW. Susan has been with NSW DPI since 2005 and her current research portfolio includes: evaluating strategies to increase soil carbon sequestration and environmental outcomes in the rangelands, manipulating grazing and nutrient management to build soil carbon in southern grazing systems, using machine learning to model changes in soil carbon in southern cropping and mixed farming systems and using remotely sensed variables to decrease the cost, and increase the accuracy of soil carbon measurements.

Dr Sylvain Pellerin

Sylvain is senior scientist at INRAE (National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, France), and currently deputy head of the scientific division AgroEcoSystem (approx. 650 permanent staff).

His main research topic deals with relationships between agriculture and carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, at several embedded scales. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He has coordinated an expertise on the potential for additional carbon storage in soils at the national level.

Prof Holger Kirchmann

Holger Kirchmann has a degree in chemistry (Dortmund University), a biology education (Uppsala University) and a PhD in soil science (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU). He received a professorship in Plant Nutrition and Soil Fertility at the Department of Soil and Environment, SLU, in 2003. His research includes nutrient turnover especially of nitrogen, phosphorus and trace elements in soil and changes in long-term soil fertility due to different fertilization regimes. Currently, research topics such as subsoil improvement, recycling of plant nutrients, liming and selenium fertilization are addressed. He teaches courses in plant nutrition, soil biology and lectures in several soil science courses.