Frances Hoyle

Associate Professor, Ms

  • The University of Western Australia (M082), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 356 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
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Personal profile


- BSc (Science)
- MSc (Agriculture)
- PhD (Soil Biology)
Active research and communication in soil biology and organic matter management within the grains industry. Functional assessment of soil process rates and changes in carbon fractions, including their influence on agronomic responses in grains.
Past research in wheat agronomy and physiological development - in particular the development of specific grade agronomic packages and mechanisms responsible for the incidence of black point.

Roles and responsibilities

Associate Dean Community and Engagement Faculty of Science

Executive UWA School of Agriculture and Environment

Deputy Chair Ministerial Soil Advisory Committee

Director SoilsWest Alliance
- Develop forum for cross industry network and partnership in soil research created by facilitating networking and communication opportunities between soil scientists and partners to ensure better soil water management and conversion into grain.
- Create and support investment opportunities in grains R&D capacity and partnerships to increase value of knowledge and information delivery to growers.
- Create network to connect research from the micro-scale work through to the paddock, increasing its relevance and value to growers and industry.
- Provide integration opportunities in soil research to achieve efficient allocation of resources and value added delivery.
- Create opportunities for Western Australia to attract a greater proportion of new industry funding into relevant soil research.

Funding overview

GRDC Nutrient Program (N, P, K) 2018-2022

GRDC Amelioration Project 2018-2022

DAFF Funding Research Gaps Round 1 (2012-2015)
DAFF Action on the Ground Round 1 (2012-2015)
GRDC Soil organic matter extension (2012-2015)
GRDC Soil quality (2003-2006)
GRDC Green manures (2000-2003)

Previous positions

- Theme Leader Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (soils, climate, agronomy).

- Project Manager Agronomy; Project Manager Soil Research.

- Senior Research Scientist (Department of Agriculture Western Australia) 2001-2015. Various.
- Western Panel Member Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) 2008-2011
- Knowledge Broker (Land & Water Australia) 2007-2008 secondment

Current projects

Royalties for Regions

Industrial relevance

Identifying and understanding soil constraints to grain production.
Communication of research to growers.


Soil organic matter (carbon) management and microbial processes in grain production systems.
Comparative assessment of soil function in different management systems including green manures, stubble burning, tillage, rotational sequence and soil amendments. Development of mid-infrared (MIR) models for the prediction of carbon and carbon fractions in Western Australia.




  • Agriculture and Food
  • Education
  • Government
  • Soil carbon sequestration: methodology and processes
  • Soil Biology
  • Agriculture
  • Community collaboration and engagement
  • Communication Networks
  • Organic matter preservation in soil and peat

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Research Output 2004 2019

  • 356 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 16 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Literature review
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
exchangeable aluminum
energy flow
microbial communities
microbial community
18 Citations (Scopus)

Impact of agricultural management practices on the nutrient supply potential of soil organic matter under long-term farming systems

Sarker, J. R., Singh, B. P., Dougherty, W. J., Fang, Y., Badgery, W., Hoyle, F. C., Dalal, R. C. & Cowie, A. L., 1 Jan 2018, In : Soil and Tillage Research. 175, p. 71-81 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

agricultural management
farming system
Biological materials

Constraints to Plant Production

Murphy, D., Leopold, M., van Gool, D., Hoyle, F. & Stockdale, E., 2017, Soil Quality. Murphy, D., Hoyle, F., Gazey, C., Boggs, G. & Gazey, P. (eds.). Australia: SoilsWest, 29 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

soil quality
1 Citation (Scopus)

Greenhouse gas abatement on southern Australian grains farms: Biophysical potential and financial impacts

Meier, E. A., Thorburn, P. J., Kragt, M., Dumbrell, N., Biggs, J. S., Hoyle, F. & van Rees, H., Jul 2017, In : Agricultural Systems. 155, p. 147–157

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
greenhouse gases
economic impact
nitrous oxide
soil organic carbon
3 Citations (Scopus)
334 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access

Projects 2009 2022