Soil science researchers continue to confront the urgent challenge of preserving and restoring the health of soil, an essential ingredient for sustaining global food production and biodiversity, while also mitigating climate change.

Soil health faces challenges such as nutrient depletion, acidification, salinisation, contamination and impacts from climate change and land-use. In response, UQ researchers work on innovative solutions to improve plant growth in degraded and infertile soils while simultaneously improving soil health and environmental outcomes.

We are experts in a variety of soil science areas, with broad-ranging expertise in soil chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology and ecology.

Our soil science researchers collaborate with farmers, land managers, policymakers, scientists from other disciplines, industry bodies, NGOs and civil society organisations to develop and implement evidence-based solutions that promote soil health and improve land-use sustainability.

Our research creates impact by generating new knowledge, technologies and practices that can improve soil management, restore degraded soils and help mitigate the effects of climate change. 

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