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Building soil carbon in vineyards
In this webinar, Dr Mark Farrell from CSIRO will provide an update on carbon stocks in Australian agriculture, the importance of soil carbon in food production and the best ways to increase carbon stocks. Prof. Tim Cavagnaro from the University of Adelaide will discuss why grapegrowers might want to sequester carbon in their vineyards and how they can do this. Tim will focus on the importance of building soil carbon to improve soil structure, water infiltration rates and soil fertility. He will also provide practical advice about how growers can increase soil carbon levels in their vineyards by maintaining plant cover. Joseph Marks from the University of Adelaide will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of building soil carbon and role of under-vine management in protecting and increasing soil organic carbon stocks.

Sep 23, 2021 11:30 AM in Adelaide

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Prof. Timothy Cavagnaro
Professor of Soil Ecology and Deputy Head of School (Research) in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine @University of Adelaide
Prof. Timothy Cavagnaro is Professor of Soil Ecology and Deputy Head of School (Research) in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine of the University of Adelaide. Tim’s research is focused on soil ecological processes, with an emphasis on the impacts of land management and environmental change on soil ecosystem services. While Tim works in a range of agricultural systems, vineyard floor management, soil microbiomes, and carbon sequestration are major themes in his research.
Joseph Marks
PhD candidate @University of Adelaide
Joseph Marks' background is in terrestrial ecology, with a specific interest in soil-plant interactions. Currently, he is undertaking a PhD investigating the influence of under-vine management on the ecological intensification of vineyards. Specifically, he is focusing on the influence of cover crops on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, soil organic carbon dynamics and plant litter decomposition. His ultimate aim is to communicate with grapegrowers to better understand their challenges and convey the outcomes of his research to enhance sustainability within the Australian wine industry.
Dr Mark Farrell
Principal Research Scientist @CSIRO
Dr Mark Farrell is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO, where he leads the Biogeochemistry Team. Mark’s primary research areas are soil organic matter and nitrogen dynamics, and the microbial and plant interactions that drive these. Mark conducts his research across systems, both natural and managed, but with a main focus being dryland grains. Currently leading the scientific component of the NLP Cover Crops project, Mark is exploring options to increase soil carbon stocks and nitrogen availability whilst having a positive impact on soil health and agronomic productivity. Mark was Chair of the 2019 International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter held in Adelaide, and recently spoke at a national soil carbon policy workshop hosted by The Office of the National Soils Advocate at The National Press Club in Canberra.