Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Mark Norton

Dr Mark Norton

BA (Flinders), BAppSc (QAC), MAgrSt (UQ), PhD (LEPSE/UQ)

Mark joined NSW Agriculture (now NSW DPI) in 1990 as a research agronomist and has undertaken research in pasture plant evaluation, cropping and pasture systems, pasture management and forage plant physiology. He has over 25 years research experience in a range of countries including temperate and tropical Australia, Pakistan, France and Germany and has written extensively. Mark undertook his PhD research at the Laboratory for the Ecophysiology of Plants in Stress Environments (LEPSE) of INRA at Montpellier, France and wrote his thesis at the University of Queensland. Mark is an authority on traits associated with drought survival in perennial grasses.

Mark's research interests include agronomy, physiology and N fixation of pulses and forage legumes, pasture ecophysiology and agronomy, improvement of plant persistence under drought, summer dormancy in temperate perennial grasses, dehydration avoidance / tolerance and plant water relations, climate-change impacts on plant productivity and persistence, improvement of pasture persistence by ameliorating low pH soils with lime, the development of a perennial wheat.

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Research

  • 'Nitrogen fixing break-crops and pastures for high rainfall zone acid soils' (GRDC supported project).
  • Increasing livestock production by integrating tropical pastures into farming systems of southern NSW- Livestock Productivity Project
  • Extending the boundaries of legume adaptation through better soil management- Livestock Productivity Project.
  • Increasing the effectiveness of nitrogen fixation in pulses through improved rhizobial strains in the GRDC Northern Region.

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Read more at CSU Research Output (CRO)

RESEARCHID - http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-5927-2010

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