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Zdenko Rengel

Professor Zed Rengel

Agriculture and Environment, School of

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School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M079)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2557
+61 8 6488 1050
Room 2.242, Soil Science Building, Perth campus
MSc Zagreb, PhD Louisiana State
Key research
My research interests are in nutrient uptake and ion toxicity in the soil-plant-water-microbe continuum. I have been working on natural and managed ecosystems in the field as well as studying specific mechanisms and relationships in the glasshouse and the lab. Among nutrients, I have been working on nitrate, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium as well as micronutrients (zinc, copper and manganese). Among toxic ions, aluminium, arsenic, zinc and sodium feature prominently. The approaches and techniques used range from ion imaging using confocal laser microscopy, to ion-specific microelectrodes, to enzyme assays and radioisotope tracking, to fiddling with bacteria and fungi in the rhizosphere, to chemical analysis of root exudates, to optimising fertilisation of crop and pasture plants, to computer modelling of root growth and nutrient uptake, and digging pits and holes in the field to access soil, roots and groundwater.
I have edited 7 books and 6 special issues of the journal Plant and Soil and published more than 300 papers in the referred international journals. My h-index is 46 (ISI Thomson) and 55 (Google Scholar).
Funding received
I have been well funded in the past by Australian Research Council (ARC), Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Dairy Research Development Corporation (DRDC), AUSAid and a range of other funding bodies. I was a subprogramme leader on mechanisms of subsoil acidification in CRC for Legumes in Mediterannean Agriculture (CLIMA) and on functioning of native ecosystems in saline and waterlogged land in CRC for Plant-Based Management of Dryland Salinity.
Honours and awards
My work has been recognised by 30 research and 3 teaching awards from Australia, USA, UK, Germany, France, Austria, Japan, etc. I was Visiting Professor in Japan (Okayama University), Denmark (KVL) and USA (USDA/Cornell University). I received Humboldt Lifetime Research Award and Fulbright Senior Scholar Award. I was elected a foreign fellow of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Current external positions
I am co Editor-in-Chief of Crop & Pasture Science (Australia) and Associate Editor of Crop Science (USA).
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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