Zed Rengel

Professor, MSc Zagreb, PhD Louisiana State

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

    6009 Perth


  • 10632 Citations
  • 56 h-Index
1996 …2022
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Personal profile

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.


  • 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 1997 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

Accumulation and distribution of arsenic and cadmium in winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) at different developmental stages

Shi, G. L., Li, D. J., Wang, Y. F., Liu, C. H., Hu, Z. B., Lou, L. Q., Rengel, Z. & Cai, Q. S., 1 Jun 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 667, p. 532-539 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Acquiring control: The evolution of ROS-Induced oxidative stress and redox signaling pathways in plant stress responses

Farooq, M., Niazi, A. K., Akhtar, J., Saifullah, Farooq, M., Souri, Z., Karimi, N. & Rengel, Z., 1 Aug 2019, In : Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 141, p. 353-369 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

plant stress
reactive oxygen species
Reactive Oxygen Species
stress response
1 Citation (Scopus)

Aluminum stress differentially affects physiological performance and metabolic compounds in cultivars of highbush blueberry

Cárcamo, M. P., Reyes-Díaz, M., Rengel, Z., Alberdi, M., Omena-Garcia, R. P., Nunes-Nesi, A. & Inostroza-Blancheteau, C., 2 Aug 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 13 p., 11275.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Blueberry Plants
7 Citations (Scopus)

Biogeochemistry of soil organic matter in agroecosystems & environmental implications

Ondrasek, G., Begic, H. B., Zovko, M., Filipovic, L., Merino-Gergichevich, C., Savic, R. & Rengel, Z., 25 Mar 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 658, p. 1559-1573 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

8 Citations (Scopus)

Cadmium stress increases antioxidant enzyme activities and decreases endogenous hormone concentrations more in Cd-tolerant than Cd-sensitive wheat varieties

Guo, J., Qin, S., Rengel, Z., Gao, W., Nie, Z., Liu, H., Li, C. & Zhao, P., 15 May 2019, In : Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 172, p. 380-387 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Enzyme activity

Projects 1996 2022