Optimising growth and nutrition of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) in south-western Australia

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis


Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) has attracted revived interest in Western Australia for seed production and human nutrition but faces cultivation challenges in low-phosphorus sandy soils. Hence, optimization of growth and nutrition is required from seed germination to maturity to improve nutrient-use efficiency. Hempseed germination and early establishment varied with seed origin and seed pre-treatments. Hempseed had high calcium and iron but low zinc bioavailabilities. Hemp root growth responses to microbial inoculation were genotype-specific and dependent on fertilization and the nutrient status of the growth substrate. Phosphorus-use efficiency of industrial hemp in low-phosphorus soil depended on the morpho-physiological differences among genotypes.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Solaiman, Zakaria, Supervisor
  • Siddique, Kadambot, Supervisor
  • Rengel, Zed, Supervisor
  • Abbott, Lynette, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date7 Sept 2023
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 11/09/2023 to 31/08/2025. Will become publicly avaliable on 31/08/2025

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