We are now offering a research scholarship to a highly motivated Master of Philosophy (MPhil) candidate to work within a research group conducting advanced research on a new irrigation process.
This project will develop an in-depth understanding of the interactions between soil and water and the effect of water quality on harvest quality. A systematic review of contaminants found in irrigation water be used to design experiments synthetic waters in the laboratory. These systematic studies will help to understand the life cycle of contaminants from irrigation water to soil and the plants and food quality. Experiments with real water resources from different areas in Australia will be used to study the effect of interaction between different contaminants in water and its effect on food quality. The outcome is important as it helps to further develop an irrigation system designed to use impaired water resources to grow food. The project involves a literature review, laboratory studies and systematic documentation of results.