Investigations into Oxygation

Oxygation of fig and pineapple crops was the interest of Central Queensland University student Michael Law, whose project built on investigations into the technique as a means of generating healthier interactions between water, soil and plant physiology.

An adjunct of the work, supervised by David Midmore, has been to encourage installation of oxygation equipment by commercial producers. The project extended studies to two crops not previously using oxygation and to contrasting soils types (vertisols and expansive clay).

Scholarships have been offered annually by the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation to provide short periods of intensive work with research or extension leaders who can be from either the public or private sectors.

Awarded to students completing the senior year of their university studies, the scholarships aim at generating knowledge for irrigated agriculture while encouraging young people to pursue research and development careers in irrigation. The students undertake research under supervision during the summer university break.

In 2010 three scholarships projects, each valued at $6,000, were undertaken between January and March 2010.

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