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Dr Brendan Scott
BScAgr (Sydney), MScAgr (Sydney), PhD (UWA)
Position Adjunct Professor
Soil acidity and fertility
Location Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
Joined NSW Department of Agriculture (now Department of Primary Industries NSW) based at Condobolin Research Station, and later at Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute. Dr Scott investigated the establishment and nutrition of pasture cultivars in rotational farming systems in the central west, and subsequently focused on the acidic soil problems of the south west slopes. His investigations included the use of lime, including aspects of lime quality and downward movements of lime as a component of sustainability; the role of plant tolerance of soil acidity, the scope of plant breeding to improve that tolerance. Dr Scott was recently involved in researching aluminium tolerance in lucerne, and reviewing stubble retention in south eastern Australia.
Currently his research is in reviewing crop row spacing, and contributing to a project “Better Fertiliser Decisions in Cropping” (BFDC).
Interests include agricultural production systems, particularly soil science and plant nutrition within these systems, and tolerance of agricultural plants to soil acidity.
Research and Teaching
- Currently reviewing crop row spacing.
- Involved in data handling and publication for a project “Better Fertiliser Decisions in Cropping” (BFDC).
- Agricultural production systems, particularly soil science and plant nutrition within these systems.
- Tolerance of agricultural plants to soil acidity.
- The relationship between tolerance and amelioration of soil acidity using lime.
Hayes RC, Scott BJ, Dear BS, Li GD and Auricht GC (2011). Seedling validation of acid soil tolerance of lucerne populations selected in solution culture high in aluminium. Crop & Pasture Science (in press).
Fraser MA and Scott BJ (2011). Variability of acidity in agricultural soils - the impact of timber burning at land clearing, Australian Journal Soil Research, 2011, 49, 223–230.
Scott BJ, Eberbach PL, Evans J and Wade LJ (2010). EH Graham Centre Monograph No. 1: Stubble Retention in Cropping Systems in Southern Australia: Benefits and Challenges. Ed by EH Clayton and HM Burns. Industry & Investment NSW, Orange. Available at: http://www.csu.edu.au/research/grahamcentre
Moroni JS, Sato K, Scott BJ, Conyers MK, Read BJ, Fisher R and Poile G (2010). Novel barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) germplasm resistant to acidic soil. Crop & Pasture Science 61, 540–553.
Scott BJ , Ewing MA, Williams R, Humphries AW and Coombes NE (2008). Tolerance of aluminium toxicity in annual Medicago species and lucerne. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 48, 499-511.