Zed Rengel

Professor, MSc Zagreb, PhD Louisiana State

  • The University of Western Australia (M079), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 2.242, Soil Science Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 8948 Citations
  • 51 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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Projects 1996 2022

Research Output 1997 2018

A major QTL controlling the tolerance to manganese toxicity in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

Huang, X., Fan, Y., Shabala, L., Rengel, Z., Shabala, S. & Zhou, M. X., 1 Feb 2018, In : Molecular Breeding. 38, 2, 16.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hordeum vulgare
flooded conditions
8 Citations
Dynamical systems
8 Citations

Biochar application for the remediation of salt-affected soils: Challenges and opportunities

Saifullah, Dahlawi, S., Naeem, A., Rengel, Z. & Naidu, R., 1 Jun 2018, In : Science of the Total Environment. 625, p. 320-335 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

1 Citations

Competition between Zea mays genotypes with different root morphological and physiological traits is dependent on phosphorus forms and supply patterns

Li, H., Zhang, D., Wang, X., Li, H., Rengel, Z. & Shen, J., 15 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Plant and Soil. p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Zea mays
competitive ability
inorganic phosphorus

Effects of nitrogen combined with zinc application on glutamate, glutamine, aspartate and asparagine accumulation in two winter wheat cultivars

Nie, Z., Wang, J., Rengel, Z., Liu, H., Gao, W. & Zhao, P., 1 Jun 2018, In : Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 127, p. 485-495 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

aspartic acid
Aspartic Acid


ENVT3060 Soil Plant Interactions

Zed Rengel & Deirdre Gleeson

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