Zed Rengel

Professor, MSc Zagreb, PhD Louisiana State

  • The University of Western Australia (M079), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 11595 Citations
  • 58 h-Index

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Funding overview

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.


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.

Research expertise keywords

  • Functioning of native ecosystems on land affected by salinity and waterlogging
  • Increasing micronutrient content in edible grains
  • Physiological and genetic aspects of plant nutrition
  • Soil acidity and liming
  • Toxicity of aluminium and heavy metals

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Research Output

Accumulation and partitioning of rare earth elements in olive trees and extra virgin olive oil from Adriatic coastal region

Pošćić, F., Žanetić, M., Fiket, Ž., Furdek Turk, M., Mikac, N., Bačić, N., Lučić, M., Romić, M., Bakić, H., Jukić Špika, M., Urlić, B., Runjić, M., Vuletin Selak, G., Vitanović, E., Klepo, T., Rošin, J., Rengel, Z. & Perica, S., 1 Mar 2020, In : Plant and Soil. 448, 1-2, p. 133-151 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Alternate partial root-zone drip irrigation with nitrogen fertigation promoted tomato growth, water and fertilizer-nitrogen use efficiency

    Liu, R., Yang, Y., Wang, Y. S., Wang, X. C., Rengel, Z., Zhang, W. J. & Shu, L. Z., 30 Apr 2020, In : Agricultural Water Management. 233, 106049.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Boron inhibits cadmium uptake in wheat (Triticum aestivum) by regulating gene expression

    Qin, S., Liu, H., Rengel, Z., Gao, W., Nie, Z., Li, C., Hou, M., Cheng, J. & Zhao, P., Aug 2020, In : Plant Science. 297, 110522.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Daily rhythms of phytomelatonin signaling modulate diurnal stomatal closure via regulating reactive oxygen species dynamics in Arabidopsis

    Li, D., Wei, J., Peng, Z., Ma, W., Yang, Q., Song, Z., Sun, W., Yang, W., Yuan, L., Xu, X., Chang, W., Rengel, Z., Shen, J., Reiter, R. J., Cui, X., Yu, D. & Chen, Q., 1 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Pineal Research. 68, 3, e12640.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Effects of soil physicochemical properties on microbial communities in different ecological niches in coastal area

    Shao, T., Zhao, J. J., Liu, A., Long, X. & Rengel, Z., 1 Jun 2020, In : Applied Soil Ecology. 150, 103486.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)