Soil biology in Australian farming systems.
Within the overriding constraints of the environment and inherent soil properties agricultural management practices ultimately seek to increase or optimise plant and animal productivity whilst minimising on-site and off-site environmental impact. Soil biology has always been recognised as a key to this objective in sustainable agricultural systems (Pankhurst et al. 1994; Abbott and Murphy 2003; Lines-Kelley 2004) and it is currently enjoying a resurgence of interest particularly within the farming community. The key question to answer for the farming community is to what extent can soil biology contribute to the economic imperative of productivity gains whilst ensuring that agricultural systems maintain environmental integrity. This special edition addresses this key question in light of soil biology research currently underway in Australia.
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Daniel V. Murphy (A), John A. Kirkegaard (B), and Pauline M. Mele (C)
(A) School of Earth and Geographical Sciences, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia.
(B) CSIRO Plant Industry, GPO Box 1600, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia.
(C) Primary Industries Research Victoria (PIRVic), Department of Primary Industries Rutherglen Centre, RMB 1145 Chiltern Valley Road, Rutherglen, Vic. 3685, Australia.
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|Author:||Murphy, Daniel V.; Kirkegaard, John A.; Mele, Pauline M.|
|Publication:||Australian Journal of Soil Research|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2006|
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