Pastures can play a crucial role beyond providing livestock feed by improving soil biological fertility when rotated with cereals. Soil biotic and abiotic factors influenced colonisation of roots of pasture plants by resident communities of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in agricultural soils. While roots of both subterranean clover and annual ryegrass formed mycorrhizal associations, they differed in their responses to soil amendments. Application of fertilisers that differed in phosphorus solubility, and in combination with soil amendments such as lime and biochar, altered the extent to which roots of pasture plants became colonised by mycorrhizal fungi with implications for fertiliser use efficiency.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||24 Dec 2018|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2019|