The Integrated Soil Systems research program has a focus on soils as living systems that form the basis of both agricultural and environmental systems.
The program uses fundamental investigation to interpret and assist full system level function, meaning that research conducted as the sub-micro scale is made relevant to landscape catchment function and management. Working with the other Centre for Sustainable Agricultural System research program teams, the Integrated Soil Systems RPT delivers management solutions limiting risk, and with a focus on optimising the full system, rather than system components. Considering soil as one of Australia’s greatest natural assets, the aim of the research program is to deliver outputs that provide both production and ecosystem outcomes from the same parcel of land, leading to sustainable and profitable outcomes. Within the Integrated Soil Systems research program there are a number core sub-programs, including:
- Soil security for Australia
- Soil structure and solute interactions
- Conservation agriculture
- Strategic soil constraint management
- Land management and rehabilitation