Nutrient cycling within an effluent irrigated eucalyptus plantation

Michael Coote

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    Abstract

    [Truncated] Negative impacts from traditional methods of disposal of municipal effluent have given increased emphasis to research into alternatives, including dry-land disposal. This thesis was the result of three years of research at an effluent irrigated tree farm in Albany, Western Australia (the Albany Effluent Irrigated Tree Farm, AEITF). The practical aspects of the research were to quantify the efficiency of the irrigated tree farm in disposing of the effluent whilst remaining within licensed limits for leakage and providing stand growth rates that would ensure economic viability. The principal scientific objectives of the research were: 1) to develop a nutrient budget that quantified the nutrient pools, inputs and transformations as well as outputs from the AEITF, 2) develop a water balance model for the AEITF and 3) develop an understanding and a model of productivity and nutrient storage for the AEITF.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    DOIs
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2008

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