Peter W. G. Sale

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Understanding the mechanism of how phosphorus (P) regulates the response of legumes to elevated CO2 (eCO2) is important for developing P management strategies to cope with increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration. This study aimed to explore this mechanism by investigating interactive effects of CO2 and P supply on root morphology, nodulation and soil P(More)
The efficient management of phosphorus (P) in cropping systems remains a challenge due to climate change. We tested how plant species access P pools in soils of varying P status (Olsen-P 3.2–17.6 mg kg−1), under elevated atmosphere CO2 (eCO2). Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) and wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) plants were grown in rhizo-boxes containing Vertosol(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing attention is being focused on the influence of rapid increases in atmospheric CO2 concentration on nutrient cycling in ecosystems. An understanding of how elevated CO2 affects plant utilization and acquisition of phosphorus (P) will be critical for P management to maintain ecosystem sustainability in P-deficient regions. SCOPE This(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Benefits to crop productivity arising from increasing CO2 fertilization may be offset by detrimental effects of global climate change, such as an increasing frequency of drought. Phosphorus (P) nutrition plays an important role in crop responses to water stress, but how elevated CO2 (eCO2) and P nutrition interact, especially in legumes,(More)
Maintaining nutrient supply, including phosphorus (P), is critical to ensure the adaptation of cropping systems to future elevated CO2 (eCO2) environments. There is much speculation about the role of sparingly soluble sources to supply plants with P so we tested the hypothesis that eCO2 increases plant’s ability to utilise P from sparingly soluble sources(More)
This study used two field trials with 5 and 34 years of liming histories, respectively, and aimed to elucidate the long-term effect of liming on soil organic C (SOC) in acid soils. It was hypothesized that long-term liming would increase SOC concentration, macro-aggregate stability and SOC concentration within aggregates. Surface soils (0–10 cm) were(More)
Lime application is the most common method to improve crop production in acid soils and has been shown to change soil organic C content. However, the impact of liming history on the priming effect on soil organic C is not well understood. This study examined the effect of liming history on C priming in response to the addition of crop residues of different(More)
Nitrogen fertilization could improve the efficiency of Cd phytoextraction in contaminated soil and thus shorten the remediation time. However, limited information is available on the effect of N form on Cd phytoextraction and associated mechanisms in plants. This study examined the effect of N form on Cd accumulation, translocation, and speciation in(More)
Physical subsoil constraints limit crop production in many areas of southern Australia. There has been limited success in ameliorating these constraints. A field study commenced in 2005 at two adjacent field sites with and without a 4-year history of grazing lucerne, to determine whether the incorporation of organic (lucerne pellets and dynamic lifter at(More)
Legume break crops provide a series of agronomic benefits to the following wheat crop in a rotation. Phosphorus-efficient break-crop plants can mobilise P from non-labile pools in the soil and this could be made available to wheat plants after the decomposition of the break-crop residues. This study aimed to examine the contribution to P uptake by wheat(More)