SPECIALISED GREENHOUSE... Researchers studying the best way to boost zinc in wheat crops Tom Cresswell,  Dr Casey Doolette and PhD candidate Thea Lund Read. SPECIALISED GREENHOUSE... Researchers studying the best way to boost zinc in wheat crops Tom Cresswell, Dr Casey Doolette and PhD candidate Thea Lund Read.

Nuclear science helping to understand effectiveness of fertilisers on wheat

WHEAT is one of Aust­ralia’s top 10 exports, yet the nation’s agricultural soils are often deficient in zinc and other micronutrients critical to wheat growth.

Researchers are using nuclear science to better understand how to improve wheat crops by analysing the growth of 140 plants from South Australia.

Researchers from the University of South Aust­ralia Future Industries Institute and Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation are investigating a new class of micro and nano-scale zinc fertilisers for broadacre crops.

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