• The University of Western Australia (M090), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 124, Botany Building, Perth Campus

    6009 Perth


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Megan is a plant scientist. Her key area of research is pasture systems and is driven by the need for profitable systems with good environmental credentials. One prominent area of research focus is the development of phosphorus-efficient pastures through improving the ability of pasture legumes to take-up phosphorus from the soil. Investigation of rhizosphere processes, root morphology and root physiology has played a central role in this research. Megan is also interested in the phosphorus nutrition of crops including sweet potato and of Australian native species which are adapted to very low phosphorus soils. Megan has long researched the role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in agricultural systems. Currently, Megan is an ARC Future Fellow and is investigating plant adaptation to fluctuating phosphorus supply across the molecular to whole-plant scale.

Teaching overview

Pasture and Livestock Systems (AGRI2201)

Research expertise keywords

  • Plant phosphorus nutrition
  • Phosphorus leaching from pastures
  • Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
  • Perennial pasture agronomy and ecology
  • Use of native grasses, herbs and legumes in pastures
  • Plant drought tolerance
  • Phosphorus efficient pastures

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Research Output

Defining the waterlogging tolerance of Ornithopus spp. for the temperate pasture zone of southern Australia

Kidd, D. R., Di Bella, C. E., Kotula, L., Colmer, T. D., Ryan, M. H. & Striker, G. G., May 2020, In : Crop and Pasture Science. 71, 5, p. 506-516 11 p.

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  • Root microbiomes as indicators of seagrass health

    Martin, B. C., Alarcon, M. S., Gleeson, D., Middleton, J. A., Fraser, M. W., Ryan, M. H., Holmer, M., Kendrick, G. A. & Kilminster, K., Feb 2020, In : FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 96, 2, fiz201.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Field benchmarking of the critical external phosphorus requirements of pasture legumes for southern Australia

    Sandral, G. A., Price, A., Hildebrand, S. M., Fuller, C. G., Haling, R. E., Stefanski, A., Yang, Z., Culvenor, R. A., Ryan, M. H., Kidd, D. R., Diffey, S., Lambers, H. & Simpson, R. J., 11 Oct 2019, In : Crop and Pasture Science.

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    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)