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Marcus Hardie

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Dr Marcus Hardie is a research fellow in soil science at TIA, the Tasmanian Institute for Agriculture, a joint partnership between the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment and the University of Tasmania. His research interests include irrigation, soil water modelling, biochar, salinity, soil hydrology and tunnel erosion. Marcus teaches soil physics, and soil management and conservation at the University of Tasmania. He is a member of the TIA irrigation leadership group, having conducted soil and irrigation research in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Thailand and Indonesia. He contributes to the University and broader community through provision of technical expertise in soil science to the EPA, NRM regions, farmer and community groups.

Biography

In 2006, Marcus was seconded from the Department of Primary Industries (DPIPWE) to the University of Tasmania in partnership with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems. Since then he has been a Research Fellow in TIA at UTAS, completing his PhD in 2010. Prior to 2006, he worked as a research officer and assistant in the agricultural industries in Tasmania, Queensland, Canberra and Thailand.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis Title University  CountryDate of Award
PhDEffect of soil moisture on the development of preferential flowUniversity of Tasmania  Australia2010
MSc (Soil Science) Ballarat University Australia1996
BSc (Hons) Monash University Australia1992

Memberships

Committee associations

Since 2007 Marcus has been a member of the Tasmanian wastewater reuse co-ordinating group which provides independent technical advice to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA-Tas) on wastewater and biosolid reuse development proposals. He is also a committee member of the EPA Biosolids Reuse Guidelines revision committee.

Between 2013 and 2015 he was the President of the Tasmania chapter of the Australian Soil Science Society, and a member of the national executive. He was a member of the organising committee for the Joint ASSSI-NZSSS Soil Science Conference 2012, which was the best attended and most profitable conference in 16 years. He also organised and led one of the conference field tours. He remains a committee member of the Tasmanian Soil Science Society.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Marcus currently supervises six HDR students and lectures in 5 different undergraduate units. Marcus brings considerable industry experience from having been a Research Scientist and Agronomist for the Bureau of Sugar Research Stations (BSES), Mackay, QLD, and Soil Management Officer (DPIPWE), Tasmania. This experience enables his teaching to have a very 'real' perspective, in which he integrates practical application and experience to soil science.

Teaching responsibility

Marcus currently lectures in five different units, with associated field trips and practical sessions: 

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Expertise

As a key member of the TIA program's leadership team Marcus has responsibility for soil issues and the Perennial Horticulture Centre. He brings to the Irrigation Program extensive experience in irrigation research and soil sustainability stemming from his previous employment with the BSES and DPIPWE. 

As part of the Irrigation program he has sought to bring additional expertise in irrigation science to Tasmania through partnership the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NECA-USQ) (MOU in Prep), CSIRO sustainable ecosystems, and the Department of Primary industries water and Environment, Tasmania Land Management Branch.

As soils underpin all aspects of agricultural production, he has assumed organisational responsibility for providing soil research capacity, technical support and leadership for all TIA Centres. He also provides technical support to staff and students from other disciplines.

Research Themes

Marcus conducts novel research in soil science which is becoming increasingly important for the future of Tasmania's expansion of irrigated agriculture and environmental management. He enjoys collaborative, innovative, cross-disciplinary research focused on challenging assumptions about soil hydraulic processes and their application to agriculture and environmental management. His research interests are varied, and he has publications in soil carbon, systems modelling, GIS applications, tunnel erosion, irrigation and biochar. Marcus has played a key role in the development of TIA's Irrigation RD&E Program.

Current projects

'PIPS Productivity Irrigation Pests & Soils' Horticulture Australia
Investigated: effect of biochar on in situ soil properties, nutrient leaching in apple orchards, 2D modelling of nutrient fluxes, soil carbon, and nitrogen management in apple production systems.Collaboration with world leading soil physicist Brent Clothier (Plant and Food New Zealand). Reported high rate of nutrient loss from apple orchards, which has sparked a broader review and investigation of fertilizer management in perennial tree crops.
'Increasing Productivity and Profitability of Indonesian Smallholder Plantations' ACIAR
Largely a community development and outreach project that investigated interactions between pulp wood plantations, soil moisture, topography and soil borne diseases.Collaboration with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems & pulp and paper manufacturers (RAPP, MHP, Sinarmas, April) in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Four other projects: 

  • Smart Farming Initiative – Houstons farms. Collaboration with Houstons Farms, DrAlla Marchuk, USQ, investigating causes of soil crusting in low carbon soils.
  • Reducing Nitrous Oxide Emissions in Key Perennial Tree Crop Industries (DAFF)
  • The National Biochar Initiative II - A country wide approach to Biochar systems (DAFF)
  • Soil Science and Landscape Management (Tas Govt).

Fields of Research

  • Horticultural Crop Growth and Development (070601)
  • Soil Physics (050305)
  • Land Capability and Soil Degradation (050302)
  • Carbon Sequestration Science (050301)
  • Agricultural Land Management (070101)
  • Horticultural Production (070699)
  • Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.) (079901)
  • Agronomy (070302)
  • Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070199)
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)
  • Soil Sciences (050399)
  • Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling (070105)
  • Soil Biology (050303)
  • Forestry Pests, Health and Diseases (070505)
  • Farming Systems Research (070107)
  • Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)
  • Wireless Communications (100510)
  • Forestry Management and Environment (070504)
  • Microelectronics and Integrated Circuits (090604)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering (090699)
  • Information and Computing Sciences (089999)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing (080199)
  • Agricultural Engineering (099901)
  • Crop and Pasture Improvement (Selection and Breeding) (070305)
  • Crop and Pasture Nutrition (070306)
  • Soil Chemistry (excl. Carbon Sequestration Science) (050304)
  • Communications Technologies (100599)
  • Post Harvest Horticultural Technologies (incl. Transportation and Storage) (070605)

Research Objectives

  • Pome Fruit, Pip Fruit (820210)
  • Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils (961402)
  • Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management (960904)
  • Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management (960905)
  • Soils (961499)
  • Land and Water Management of environments (960999)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production (829899)
  • Urban and Industrial Water Management (960912)
  • Atmospheric Composition (incl. Greenhouse Gas Inventory) (960201)
  • Wheat (820507)
  • Vegetables (820215)
  • Horticultural Crops (820299)
  • Hardwood Plantations (820101)
  • Barley (820501)
  • Management of Water Consumption by Plant Production (829805)
  • Stone Fruit (820211)
  • Sown Pastures (excl. Lucerne) (830406)
  • Coastal and Estuarine Land Management (960902)
  • Climate Change Mitigation Strategies (960302)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (960506)
  • Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960807)
  • Industrial Crops (820399)
  • Rehabilitation of Degraded Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments (961202)
  • Forest and Woodlands Water Management (960907)
  • Communication Networks and Services (890199)
  • Syllabus and Curriculum Development (930302)
  • Mining Land and Water Management (960908)
  • Forest and Woodlands Land Management (960906)
  • Computer Software and Services (890299)
  • Water and Waste Services (900499)
  • Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Plant Production (829802)
  • Softwood Plantations (820105)
  • Mobile Data Networks and Services (890103)

Publications

Marcus has 30 publications from between 2010-2015 including 12 Journal papers, 1 book chapter and 27 refereed conference papers.

Total publications

93

Journal Article

(27 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Hardie M, Almajmaie AHT, 'Measuring and estimating the hydrological properties of a soil crust', Journal of Hydrology, 574 pp. 12-22. ISSN 0022-1694 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.04.031 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Almajmaie AHT

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2019Hardie M, Hoyle D, 'Underground wireless data transmission using 433-MHz LoRa for agriculture', Sensors, 19, (19) Article 4232. ISSN 1424-8220 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/s19194232 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2018Eyles A, Ives S, Hardie M, Corkrey R, Boersma M, 'Impact of enhanced-efficiency fertilisers on potato productivity in a temperate cropping system', Soil Use and Management, 34, (4) pp. 439-448. ISSN 0266-0032 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/sum.12459 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Eyles A; Ives S; Corkrey R; Boersma M

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2018Hardie M, Akhmad N, Mohammed C, Mendham D, Corkrey R, et al., 'Role of site in the mortality and production of Acacia mangium plantations in Indonesia', Southern Forests, 80, (1) pp. 37-50. ISSN 2070-2620 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2989/20702620.2016.1274857 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Mohammed C; Corkrey R

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2018Hardie M, Mendham D, Corkrey R, Hardiyanto E, Maydra A, et al., 'Effects of Eucalypt and Acacia plantations on soil water in Sumatra', New Forests, 49, (1) pp. 87-104. ISSN 0169-4286 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11056-017-9607-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Corkrey R

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2018Hardie M, Ridges J, Swarts N, Close D, 'Drip irrigation wetting patterns and nitrate distribution: comparison between electrical resistivity (ERI), dye tracer, and 2D soil-water', Irrigation Science, 36, (2) pp. 97-110. ISSN 0342-7188 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00271-017-0567-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Ridges J; Swarts N; Close D

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2018Panta S, Doyle RB, Hardie M, Lane P, Flowers T, et al., 'Can highly saline irrigation water improve sodicity and alkalinity in sodic clayey subsoils?', Journal of Soils and Sediments, 18, (11) pp. 3290-3302. ISSN 1439-0108 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11368-018-1986-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Panta S; Doyle RB; Lane P; Shabala SN

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2017Almajmaie A, Hardie M, Acuna T, Birch C, 'Can soil crusting be reduced through application of gypsum, organic waste, and phosphoric acid?', Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 72, (6) pp. 578-587. ISSN 0022-4561 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2489/jswc.72.6.597 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Almajmaie A; Acuna T

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2017Almajmaie A, Hardie M, Acuna T, Birch CJ, 'Evaluation of methods for determining soil aggregate stability', Soil and Tillage Research, 167 pp. 39-45. ISSN 0167-1987 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2016.11.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Almajmaie A; Acuna T; Birch CJ

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2017Almajmaie A, Hardie M, Doyle R, Birch C, Acuna T, 'Influence of soil properties on the aggregate stability of cultivated sandy clay loams', Journal of Soils and Sediments, 17, (3) pp. 800-809. ISSN 1439-0108 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11368-016-1568-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Almajmaie A; Doyle R; Acuna T

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2017Hardie M, 'Two dimensional modelling of nitrate flux in a commercial apple orchard', Soil Science Society of America Journal, 81, (5) pp. 1235-1246. ISSN 0361-5995 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2136/sssaj2017.01.0029 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 4

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2016Swarts N, Montagu K, Oliver G, Southam-Rogers L, Hardie M, et al., 'Benchmarking nitrous oxide emissions in deciduous tree cropping systems', Soil Research, 54, (5) pp. 500-511. ISSN 1838-675X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/SR15326 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Swarts N; Oliver G; Corkrey R; Close D

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2015Eyles A, Bound SA, Oliver G, Corkrey R, Hardie M, et al., 'Impact of biochar amendment on the growth, physiology and fruit of a young commercial apple orchard', Trees, 29, (6) pp. 1817-1826. ISSN 0931-1890 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00468-015-1263-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Eyles A; Bound SA; Oliver G; Corkrey R; Close DC

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2015Eyles A, Coghlan G, Hardie M, Hovenden M, Bridle K, 'Soil carbon sequestration in cool temperate dryland pastures: mechanisms and management options', Soil Research, 53, (4) pp. 349-365. ISSN 1838-675X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/SR14062 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Eyles A; Coghlan G; Hovenden M; Bridle K

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2015Hardie MA, Oliver G, Clothier BE, Bound SA, Green SA, et al., 'Effect of biochar on nutrient leaching in a young apple orchard', Journal of Environmental Quality, 44, (4) pp. 1273-1282. ISSN 0047-2425 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2134/jeq2015.02.0068 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Oliver G; Bound SA; Close DC

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2015McPhee JE, Aird PL, Hardie MA, Corkrey SR, 'The effect of controlled traffic on soil physical properties and tillage requirements for vegetable production', Soil and Tillage Research, 149 pp. 33-45. ISSN 0167-1987 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2014.12.018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: McPhee JE; Corkrey SR

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2014Hardie M, Clothier B, Bound S, Oliver G, Close D, 'Does biochar influence soil physical properties and soil water availability?', Plant and Soil, 376, (1-2) pp. 347-361. ISSN 0032-079X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11104-013-1980-x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 174Web of Science - 157

Co-authors: Bound S; Oliver G; Close D

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2013Hardie M, Doyle R, Cotching W, Holz G, Lisson S, 'Hydropedology and preferential flow in the Tasmanian texture-contrast soils', Vadose Zone Journal, 12, (4) pp. 1-14. ISSN 1539-1663 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2136/vzj2013.03.0051 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Doyle R; Cotching W; Holz G; Lisson S

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2013Hardie M, Lisson S, Doyle R, Cotching W, 'Determining the frequency, depth and velocity of preferential flow by high frequency soil moisture monitoring', Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 144, (1) pp. 66-77. ISSN 0169-7722 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2012.10.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 33Web of Science - 28

Co-authors: Lisson S; Doyle R; Cotching W

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2013Hardie MA, Lisson S, Doyle RB, Cotching WE, 'Evaluation of rapid approaches for determining the soil water retention function and saturated hydraulic conductivity in a hydrologically complex soil', Soil and Tillage Research, 130 pp. 99-108. ISSN 0167-1987 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2013.02.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Lisson S; Doyle RB; Cotching WE

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2012Hardie M, Deurer M, Doyle R, Lisson S, Cotching WE, et al., 'Development of unstable flow and reduced hydraulic conductivity due to water repellence and restricted drainage', Vadose Zone Journal, 11, (4) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1539-1663 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2136/vzj2011.0099 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Doyle R; Lisson S; Cotching WE; Mattern K

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2012Hardie MA, Cotching WE, Doyle RB, Lisson S, 'Influence of climate, water content and leaching on seasonal variations in potential water repellence', Hydrological Processes, 26, (13) pp. 2041-2048. ISSN 0885-6087 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8312 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Cotching WE; Doyle RB; Lisson S

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2012Hardie MA, Doyle RB, Cotching WE, Lisson S, 'Subsurface Lateral Flow in Texture-Contrast (Duplex) Soils and Catchments with Shallow Bedrock', Applied and Environmental Soil Science, 2012 Article 861358. ISSN 1687-7667 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1155/2012/861358 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21

Co-authors: Doyle RB; Cotching WE; Lisson S

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2012Hardie MA, Doyle RB, Cotching WE, Mattern K, Lisson S, 'Influence of antecedent soil moisture on hydraulic conductivity in a series of texture-contrast soils', Hydrological Processes, 26, (20) pp. 3079-3091. ISSN 0885-6087 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8325 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Doyle RB; Cotching WE; Mattern K; Lisson S

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2011Hardie MA, Cotching WE, Doyle RB, Holz GK, Lisson S, et al., 'Effect of antecedent soil moisture on preferential flow in a texture-contrast soil', Journal of Hydrology, 398, (3-4) pp. 191-201. ISSN 0022-1694 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.12.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 95Web of Science - 87

Co-authors: Cotching WE; Doyle RB; Holz GK; Lisson S; Mattern K

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2009Hardie MA, Cotching WE, 'Effects of application of poppy waste on spinach yields, soil properties, and soil carbon sequestration in southern Tasmania', Australian Journal of Soil Research, 47, (5) pp. 478-485. ISSN 0004-9573 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/SR08193 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Cotching WE

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2007Hardie MA, Cotching WE, Zund PR, 'Rehabilitation of field tunnel erosion using techniques developed for construction with dispersive soils', Australian Journal of Soil Research, 45, (4) pp. 280-287. ISSN 0004-9573 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/SR06154 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Cotching WE

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Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Hardie MA, Doyle RB, Cotching WE, Duckett T, Zund P, 'Dispersive Soils and their Management, Technical Reference Manual', Sustainable Land Use, DPIW, State of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 36. ISBN 978-0-7246-6774-1 (2009) [Authored Other Book]

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Co-authors: Doyle RB; Cotching WE

Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Panta S, Lane P, Doyle R, Hardie M, Haros G, et al., 'Halophytes as a Possible Alternative to Desalination Plants: Prospects of Recycling Saline Wastewater During Coal Seam Gas Operations', Halophytes for Food Security in Dry Lands, Academic Press, MA Khan, M Ozturk, B Gul, MZ Ahmed (ed), United States of America, pp. 317-329. ISBN 978-0-12-801854-5 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-801854-5.00019-4 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Panta S; Lane P; Doyle R; Shabala S

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2012Hardie M, Doyle R, 'Measuring soil salinity', Plant Salt Tolerance: Methods and Protocols, Humana Press, S Shabala and TA Cuin (ed), New York, pp. 415-425. ISBN 978-1-61779-985-3 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-61779-986-0_28 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30

Co-authors: Doyle R

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Conference Publication

(54 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Swarts N, Green S, Hardie M, Tan BZ, Close D, 'Improved tree and fruit nutrition for the Australian apple industry', Apple Pear Australia LTD Speed Updating Plenary session 2018, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-10. (In Press) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Tan BZ; Close D

2019Green S, Clothier B, Al-Muaini A, Dawoud M, Lumumba B, et al., 'Tree water use and irrigation management for salinity and drought', 9th International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops, 17-20 June 2019, Matera, Italy (2019) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N

2019Swarts N, Tan BZ, Close D, Hardie M, Green S, 'Understanding soils for improved water and nutrient use efficiency', APAL Industry Update, 13 November 2019, Melbourne (2019) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Tan BZ; Close D

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2019Vijay Kumar I, Acuna TB, Lisson S, Hardie M, 'Growth and development of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) in response to irrigation treatments', Proceedings of the 19th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference, 25-29 August 2019, Wagga Wagga, NSW, pp. 1-4. (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Vijay Kumar I; Acuna TB; Lisson S

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2018Green S, Oliver G, Swarts N, Hardie M, Clothier B, et al., 'Measurement of sap flow in young apple trees using the average gradient heat-pulse method', Acta Horticulturae 1222: Proceedings of the X International Workshop on Sap Flow, 22-26 May 2017, Fullerton, USA, pp. 1-6. ISBN 978-94-62612-21-1 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1222.35 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Oliver G; Swarts N; Close D

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2018Hardie M, Almajmaie A, 'Steps towards the measurement and modelling of soil crusts', National Soil Science Conference 2018, 18-23 November 2018, Canberra, Australia (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Almajmaie A

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2018Hardie M, Eyles A, Bound B, Close D, Oliver G, et al., 'Does biochar improve soil function and crop growth?', National Soil Science Conference 2018, 18-23 November 2018, Canberra, Australia (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Eyles A; Bound B; Close D; Oliver G; Direen J

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2018Swarts N, Green S, Hardie M, Tan BZ, Close D, 'Improved tree and fruit nutrition for the Australian apple industry', Apple Pear Australia LTD, Productivity, Irrigation, Pests, Soils (PIPS) Program V2 Partner forum, June 2018, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-14. (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Tan BZ; Close D

2017Bound SA, Eyles A, Oliver GS, Paterson SC, Direen JB, et al., 'Soil amendment with biochar: growth, physiology and fruit yield and quality of young 'Fuji' trees', Acta Horticulturae: International Symposium on Physiological Principles and Their Application to Fruit Production, 26-28 March 2014, Geneva, America, pp. 349-354. ISSN 1585-0404 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1177.50 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bound SA; Eyles A; Oliver GS; Paterson SC; Direen JB; Corkrey R; Close DC

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2017Green S, Clothier B, Oliver G, Swarts N, Hardie M, et al., 'Sap flow in apple trees using the heat-pulse method', Program, 10th International Workshop on Sap Flow, 22-26 May 2017, Fullerton, California, United States (2017) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Oliver G; Swarts N; Close D

2017Swarts N, Close D, Hardie M, Oliver G, Tan B, et al., 'Apple tree and fruit nutrition for improved productivity', Plenary presentation for the Apple Pear Australia LTD, Productivity, Irrigation, Pests, Soils (PIPS) Program V2, 18 December 2017, Gold Coast, Australia, pp. 1-11. (2017) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Close D; Oliver G; Tan B

2017Swarts N, Hardie M, Green S, Close D, 'Strategic Irrigation and Nitrogen Assessment Tool for Apples (SINATA)', Program Apple and pear Speed Updating 2017, 25 May 2017, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 9. (2017) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Close D

2016Gentile RM, Perie E, Muller K, Deurer M, Mason K, et al., 'Quantifying the potential contribution of soil carbon to orchard carbon footprints', Acta Horticulturae, 17-22 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 461-466. ISSN 0567-7572 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1112.62 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2016Gentile RM, Simpson R, Mason K, van den Dijssel C, Clothier BE, et al., 'Soil carbon and nutrient services under Australian apple production systems', Acta Horticulturae, 17-22 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 33-40. ISSN 0567-7572 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1130.5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2016Swarts N, Hardie M, Green S, Close D, 'Apple tree and fruit nutrition for improved productivity', Plenary presentation for the Apple Pear Australia LTD, Productivity, Irrigation, Pests, Soils (PIPS) Program V2, 30 December 2016, Gold Coast, Australia, pp. 1-16. (2016) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Close D

2016Swarts N, Hardie M, Green S, Clothier B, Goodwin I, et al., 'Precision fertigation for improved apple orchard productivity', Proceedings of 2016 Future Orchards National Tour, June 2016, Tasmania, pp. 1-25. (2016) [Keynote Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Close D

2016Swarts ND, Hardie M, Close DC, 'Precision nitrogen fertigation and irrigation management for improved apple quality', Acta Horticulturae, 17-22 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 485-489. ISSN 0567-7572 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1130.73 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Swarts ND; Close DC

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2015Bound S, Hardie M, Eyles A, Green S, Clothier B, et al., 'Soil amendment with biochar: effect on tree growth and fruit quality of young 'Fuji' trees', Fruit Growers Tasmania Pome Training Night Seminars, 19 February 2015, Hobart, Tasmania (2015) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Bound S; Eyles A; Close D

2015Swarts N, Hardie M, Green S, Close D, 'Apple tree and fruit nutrition for improved productivity', Apple Pear Australia LTD, Productivity, Irrigation, Pests, Soils (PIPS) Program V2, 30 December 2015, pp. 1-10. (2015) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Close D

2014Almajmaie A, Hardie M, Acuna T, Birch C, 'Identifying the causes of soil aggregate breakdown under intensive packet salad production', Proceedings of the Soil Science Australia National Soil Science Conference 2014, 23-27 November, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-4. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Almajmaie A; Acuna T; Birch C

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2014Gentile RM, Perie E, Muller K, Deurer M, Mason K, et al., 'Quantifying the potential contribution of soil carbon to orchard carbon footprints', International Horticultural Congress Proceedings, August, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-9. (2014) [Conference Extract]

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2014Hardie M, Oliver G, Bound S, Clothier B, Close D, 'Effect of biochar application on soil water availability and hydraulic conductivity', Proceedings of the Soil Science Australia National Soil Science Conference 2014, 23-27 November 2014, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-4. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Oliver G; Bound S; Close D

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2014Oliver G, Swarts N, Hardie M, Close D, Rogers G, et al., 'Understanding the role of nitrogen management in apple orcharding to mitigate nitrous oxide emissions', National Agricultural Nitrous Oxide Research Program (NANORP) Meeting, November 2014, Canberra, Australia (2014) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Oliver G; Swarts N; Close D

2014Ridgers J, Hardie M, Swarts N, Close D, 'Evaluation of electrical resistivity imaging (ERI) for in situ mapping of drip irrigation and fertigation wetting patterns', Proceedings of the Soil Science Australia National Soil Science Conference 2014, 23-27 November 2014, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-4. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Ridgers J; Swarts N; Close D

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2014Swarts N, Hardie M, Close D, Goodwin I, Perry E, et al., 'Precision fertigation for improved apple orchard productivity', Fruit Growers Tasmania Annual May Conference 2014, 22-25 May 2014, Hobart, Australia (2014) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Close D

2014Swarts N, Hardie M, Green S, Close D, 'Precision fertigation for improved apple orchard productivity', Regional Stone and Pomefruit R&D Forum 2014, 22 October 2014 (2014) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Close D

2014Swarts N, Hardie M, Oliver G, Close D, Rogers G, et al., 'Reducing N2O emissions in key perennial tree crop industries', National Agricultural Nitrous Oxide Research Program (NANORP) Meeting, February 2014, Canberra, Australia (2014) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Oliver G; Close D

2014Swarts ND, Hardie M, Green S, Close DC, 'Precision nitrogen fertigation for improved apple quality and reduced leaching', 29th International Horticultural Congress 2014, 17-22 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Swarts ND; Close DC

2014Swarts ND, Hardie MA, Oliver GS, Close DC, 'Understanding the role of nitrogen management in apple orcharding to mitigate nitrous oxide emissions', 29th International Horticultural Congress 2014, 17-22 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Swarts ND; Close DC

2013Bound S, Hardie M, Eyles A, Oliver G, Paterson S, et al., 'Soil amendment with biochar & compost', Fruit Industry Conference - APAL Speed Updating, 17-19 July, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, pp. 1-17. (2013) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Bound S; Eyles A; Oliver G; Paterson S; Direen J; Close D

2013Gentile R, Robertson C, Mason K, Sivakumaran S, van den Dijssel C, et al., 'Survey of soil carbon and nutrient services in Australian apple orchards', 26th Annual FLRC Workshop: Occasional Report No. 26, February, Massey University, New Zealand, pp. 1-5. (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Gentile RM, Simpson R, Mason K, van den Dijssel C, Clothier BE, et al., 'Soil carbon and nutrient services under Australian apple production systems', Accurate and efficient use of nutrients on farms: Occasional Report No. 26, February, Massey University, New Zealand, pp. 1-8. (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Hardie M, Bound SA, Eyles A, 'Soil health: what is it, and what is TIA doing about it?', TIA 2013 Science Showcase, 14 August 2013, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 1-29. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bound SA; Eyles A

2013Swarts N, Hardie M, Oliver G, Close D, Rogers G, 'Reducing N2O emissions in key perennial tree crop industries', National Agricultural Nitrous Oxide Research Program (NANORP) Meeting, August 2013, Canberra, Australia (2013) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Oliver G; Close D

2012Chamley F, Hardie M, Lambert S, Doyle R, 'Consequences of soil crust formation on soil hydraulic properties and irrigation performance', Proceedings of the 5th Joint Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference, 2-7 December 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 221-224. ISBN 978-0-646-59142-1 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Chamley F; Lambert S; Doyle R

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2012Hardie M, Doyle R, Lisson S, Cotching W, 'Hydropedology of the Tasmanian texture-contrast soils', Proceedings of the 5th Joint Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference, 2-7 December 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 739-742. ISBN 978-0-646-59142-1 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Doyle R; Lisson S; Cotching W

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2012Hardie M, Lisson S, Doyle R, Cotching W, 'Estimating the nature, timing, and depth of preferential flow in a texture-contrast soil', Proceedings of the 5th Joint Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference, 2-7 December 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 545-548. ISBN 978-0-646-59142-1 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Lisson S; Doyle R; Cotching W

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2012Hardie M, Lisson S, Doyle R, Cotching W, 'Error and uncertainty with the determination of the soil water retention function and saturated hydraulic conductivity for soil water modelling', Proceedings of the 5th Joint Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference, 2-7 December 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 755-758. ISBN 978-0-646-59142-1 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Lisson S; Doyle R; Cotching W

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2012Hardie M, Mitchelson H, Doyle R, 'Efficiency and efficacy of drip irrigation in a Tasmanian Vineyard Irrigation performance was determined by dye tracer staining, soil hydraulic assessment and modelling', Proceedings of the 5th Joint Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference, 2-7 December 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 218-220. ISBN 978-0-646-59142-1 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Doyle R

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2012Hardie MA, Cotching WE, Lisson S, 'Seasonal variation in potential water repellence and its effects on soil hydraulic properties', Oral Presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Hydropedology, 22-27 July 2012, Leipzig, Germany (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Cotching WE; Lisson S

2012Hardie MA, Doyle RB, Cotching WE, Lisson S, 'Influence of antecedent soil moisture on the occurrence of preferential flow in a series of texture contrast soils', Poster Presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Hydropedology, 22-27 July 2012, Leipzig, Germany (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Doyle RB; Cotching WE; Lisson S

2012Hardie MA, Lisson S, Cotching WE, 'Simple in situ approaches for determining the timing, depth and magnitude of preferential flow', Oral Presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Hydropedology, 22-27 July 2012, Leipzig, Germany (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Lisson S; Cotching WE

2011Chamley FA, Hardie MA, Lambert SJ, Doyle RB, 'Effect of sprinkler droplet size on the development of a surface crust and infiltration of a highly cultivated agricultural soil', Irrigation 2011 - New Horizons, Fresh Ideas Conference, 22-25 August 2011, Launceston, Australia (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Chamley FA; Lambert SJ; Doyle RB

2011Matuszek M, Botwright Acuna Tina, Parsons D, Hardie MA, 'The effect of irrigation on barley root architecture, yield and water-use efficiency in vertic duplex soils', Irrigation 2011 - New Horizons, Fresh Ideas Conference, 22-25 August 2011, Launceston, Tasmania (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Botwright Acuna Tina; Parsons D

2011Matuszek MR, Botwright Acuna T, Parsons D, Hardie MA, 'Root architecture of barley in duplex soils under irrigation', Proceedings of the Rhizosphere 3 Conference, 25-30 September 2011, Perth, Western Australia (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Matuszek MR; Botwright Acuna T; Parsons D

2011Quentin A, Measham PF, Swarts ND, Hardie MA, Bound SA, et al., 'Understanding carbohydrate and nutrient storage and remobilisation in fruitlet abscission for sweet cherry', Proceedings of Horticulture for the Future Conference, 18-22nd September 2011, Mantra Erskine Beach Resort, Lorne, Victoria (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Quentin A; Measham PF; Swarts ND; Bound SA; Close DC

2010Hardie MA, Doyle RB, Cotching WE, Lisson S, 'Effect of leaching on hydrophobicity and infiltration into a texture constrast soil', Proceedings of the Soil Solutions for a Changing World Conference, 1-6 August 2010, Brisbane, Queensland (2010) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Doyle RB; Cotching WE; Lisson S

2010Hardie MA, Doyle RB, Cotching WE, Lisson S, 'Development of preferential flow below a soil moisture threshold', Proceedings of the Soil Solutions for a Changing World Conference, 1-6 August 2010, Brisbane, Queensland (2010) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Doyle RB; Cotching WE; Lisson S

2008Hardie MA, 'Review of ongoing activities to improve management of dispersive soils in peri-urban areas', Proceedings of the Joint Soils Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Societies of Soil Science, 1-5 December 2008, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2008) [Conference Extract]

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2008Hardie MA, Doyle RB, Cotching WE, Lisson S, 'Preferable flow in a texture constrast soil', Proceedings of the Joint Soils Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Societies of Soil Science, 1-5 December 2008, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2008) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Doyle RB; Cotching WE; Lisson S

2007Hardie MA, 'Review of Tunnel Erosion: Its Cause, Management and Repair in Southern Tasmania', Proceedings of Engineering the Future for Regional Australia : Wines, Mines & Community, 213-25 March 2007, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin, NSW (2007) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2006Hardie MA, 'Biosolid Reuse in Southern Tasmania: a win-win for everyone', Proceedings of the EIANZ Conference, 4 August 2006, Hobart, Tasmania (2006) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2006Hardie MA, 'Evaluation of the use of poppy waste for increasing soil organic carbon and production of Boccane Spinach (Spinach oleracea)', Proceedings of the ASSSI - ASPAC National Soils Conference, 3-7 Decmeber 2006, Adelaide, South Australia (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2006Hardie MA, Zund B, 'Advances in the repair and rehabilitation of tunnel erosion, Dunalley, Tasmania', Proceedings of the ASSSI - ASPAC National Soils Conference, 3-7 Decmeber 2006, Adelaide, South Australia (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Hinton S, Harrison MT, Pengilley G, Phelan DC, Hardie MA, et al., 'Water for Profit', Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Australia, Final project report (2018) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Hinton S; Harrison MT; Pengilley G; Phelan DC; Ojeda JJ; Mohammed CL

2018Hinton SJ, Harrison MT, Pengilley G, Phelan DC, Hardie MA, et al., 'Water for Profit', Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Australia, June 2018 (2018) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Hinton SJ; Harrison MT; Pengilley G; Phelan DC; Ojeda JJ; Mohammed CL

2013Hardie MA, '2nd International Conference on Hydropedology, Germany', University of Tasmania Research Conference Support Scheme, Final RCSS (2013) [Contract Report]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2011Hardie MA, 'Effect of antecedent soil moisture on infiltration and preferential flow in texture contrast soils' (2011) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Hardie M, Swarts N, 'Soil characterisation and water use in Australian apple orchards', Australian Fruit Grower, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd, Australia, 13, Spring, pp. 54-55. (2019) [Magazine Article]

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2014Gentile R, Clothier B, van den Dijssel C, Mason K, McLachlan A, et al., 'Trends in carbon stocks in apple orchards', Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL), http://apal.org.au/, 28 August (2014) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Direen JB

2014Gentile R, Simpson R, Clothier B, van den Dijssel C, Mason K, et al., 'Soil carbon and soil health in apple orchards', Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL), http://apal.org.au/, 01 July (2014) [Magazine Article]

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2013Eyles A, Bound S, Oliver G, Paterson S, Direen J, et al., 'Does biochar improve apple productivity?', Australian Fruitgrower Magazine, Australian Apple and Pear Ltd (APAL) - PIPS Apples & Pears (Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soils), North Melbourne, Victoria, Volume 7, 9 October, pp. 32-34. (2013) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Eyles A; Bound S; Oliver G; Paterson S; Direen J; Corkrey R; Close D

2012Hardie MA, 'Water woes test farmers', Cuppa TIA, Tasmanian Country, Hobart, Tasmania, Friday, February 1st, p. 24. (2012) [Newspaper Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

19

Total funding

$27,901,178

Projects

Smarter Irrigation for Profit - Phase 2 (2020 - 2022)$894,290
Description
Achieving optimal performance from pressurised irrigation systems used throughout the Australian dairy industry is challenging, with enormous variability in the climatic, edaphic and farming systems conditions under which they operate. However, key decisions such as start-up time, scheduling interval, irrigation depth and system performance (uniformity and energy efficiency) are often determined by simple rules-of-thumb or gut feel estimates. Detailed benchmarking and analysis of pressurised irrigation systems in Tasmanian between 2015 and 2018 as part of the Rural R&D for profit round 1 project Smarter Irrigation for profit, have shown that there is significant opportunity to enhance the performance of these irrigation systems with respect to energy use efficiency, water use efficiency and overall whole farm productivity and profitability.This project aims to establish a focus farm in three regions across Tasmanian with surrounding satellites farms. In this spoke and hub model, the focus farm will collect detailed data on irrigation delivery system performance, water and energy usage, and pasture productivity. A reference group associated with the focus farm will include other farmers and service providers. Benchmarking of system performance will occur on both the focus and satellite farms. This process aims to identify the farm scale costs/benefits of addressing the yield gap due to poor irrigation system performance and irrigation scheduling practices and provide a basis for professional development training for farmers and service providers.
Funding
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ($894,290)
Scheme
Research and Development for Profit
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hills JL; McLaren D; Flight S; Rawnsley RP; Jones S; Hardie MA; Langworthy A
Period
2020 - 2022
'Smart' soil sensors (2019 - 2021)$1,520,001
Description
This project research and develop four enabling and prototype Agricultural technologies required to produce the next generation of soil sensors. These technologies have been identified by growers and endorsed by CRC partners, they include; The Smart Shovel: integration of moisture and compaction sensors into a shovel design with auto mapping procedures to enable growers to visualize spatial variations in soil properties using a hand held device Below Ground Data Transmission, to wirelessly send data from completely sensors thus avoiding issues with infield equipment, stock and vehicle damage, using low power wide area telecommunications (i.e. LoRa). Self-learning moisture sensors, using machine learning we will develop the ability to determine the soil water limits and APSIM soil parameters from existing soil moisture sensors. The project is a strategic collaboration between TIA, SenseT and ICt to built Agtech research and development capacity in UTAS.
Funding
CRC for High Performance Soils Ltd ($1,520,001)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hardie MA; Cahoon SC; Edwards SJ; Gillespie WJ; Manion MJ; Kang BH; Mohammed CL
Period
2019 - 2021
Smelling soil (2019 - 2020)$299,709
Description
Healthy soil microbial communities are essential for high performing soils, however there is currently a lack of rapid in field testing techniques which can evaluate the status of a soil microbial community. We can equate the health of soils to mainly microbial activity, but diversity also plays a role in terms of health stability (or resilience). eNose profile changes could be most useful if equated to changes in diversity and activity. Current thinking is that there needs to be at an optimal level for maximal resilience - a Goldilocks type arrangement. By monitoring the gases emitted by the soil microbial community an assessment of both activity and diversity may be made. The tool could provide real time data permitting both long term monitoring and assessment of management practices (i.e. tilling, fertilisation, irrigation) on soil microbial health.
Funding
CRC for High Performance Soils Ltd ($299,709)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Powell S; Mohammed CL; Hardie MA; Evans KJ; Corkrey SR; Bowman JP
Period
2019 - 2020
2.2.01 - Soil sensor technologies - which ones are most useful for smarter farming? (2018)$50,000
Description
The purpose of the review will be to identify existing and prototype soil sensors for consideration by the CRC HPS for investment in research and development. The review will focus on proximal (installed in or immediately above the soil), point scale and mobile sensors and sensory systems. The review will consider potential chemical, physical and biological sensors for indicating soil health, function or performance. Emphasis will be placed on reviewing sensors for priority soil attributes identified by growers in Project 2.1.01.
Funding
CRC for High Performance Soils Ltd ($50,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hardie MA; Doyle RB; Mohammed CL; Cahoon SC; Gillespie WJ; Edwards SJ
Year
2018
CRC for High Performance Soils (2018 - 2027)$100,000
Description
This is the Primary record for the Soils CRC (or HPS CRC), and links to the main contract - the Major Partners Agreement (MPA).See also the sub-projects:4473 (Hardie)M0026108 (MacDonald)
Funding
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ($100,000)
Scheme
CRC Programme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Doyle RB; Mohammed CL; Hardie MA; Neumeyer PG; Cotching Bill; Cahoon SC
Period
2018 - 2027
Understanding the amelioration processes of the subsoil application of amendments in the Southern Region (2017 - 2021)$4,950,000
Description
Subsoil manuring is an exciting new technology that could revolutionise grain yields in the HRZ of Australia and bring them more into line with the high yields obtained in most of Europe and NZ. Without this technology (coupled with drainage In some areas) it is unlikely that yields of crops on duplex soils will come close to consistently meeting dry land and irrigated target yield potential.This project is a collaboration with Victoria (DEDJTR, LaTrobe, UM), SA (SARDI, PIRSA, UnlSA), NSW (DPI) and a number of grower groups, in particular SFS. It aims to develop the knowledge and agronomic practices required to achieve reliable and significant crop responses and to reduce the large financial risk and other logistical constraints currently limiting the potential uptake of subsoil amendments by grain growers in South Australia, Victoria, southern NSW and Tasmania. This project ultimately tarsets the development of effective pathways to widespread adoption of subsoil improvlns technoloay among grain growers and will be dependent on the delivery of several key outputs.
Funding
Grains Research & Development Corporation ($4,950,000)
Scheme
Tender-Improving Your Farm Resource Base
Administered By
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Research Team
Armstrong R; Wilhelm N; Davenport D; Sale P; Tavakkoli E; Dean GJ; McPhee JE; Hardie MA
Period
2017 - 2021
SMARTfarm Learning Hub: Next Generation Technologies for Agricultural Education (2016 - 2017)$500,000
Description
This project will develop a key resource, the SMARTfarm Learning Hub that will increase the skill base of higher education students using a range of new agricultural technologies and innovations. It will consist of a central landing web-page linking real industry cloud based technologies with educator resources and student learning packages. This will give higher education providers and their students online access to data and systems from commercial scale smart-farms across Australia.
Funding
Office for Learning & Teaching ($500,000)
Scheme
Grant-Innovation and Development Grants Program
Administered By
University of New England
Research Team
Trotter M; Campbell H; Cowely F; Acuna TL; Mohammed CL; Hardie MA; Rawnsley RP; Swain D; Heath R; Whelan B; Tscharke M; Jensen T; Nettle R; Cullen B; Bailey D; Bailey D
Period
2016 - 2017
Improved productivity and profitability for the Australian apple and pear industry (2015 - 2020)$925,000
Description
This project in collaboration with Plant Food Research will develop a multi-season N budget underpinned by fertigation research that builds on findings from the current fertigation project (AP12006) and a decision support tool that will guide advisor/grower optimisation of irrigation and fertigation application for all major national regions. Fertigation research will include the continuation of a major ongoing nitrogen and irrigation trial at Lucaston Park Orchards in Southern Tasmania. This trial was established for AP12006 and fertigation and irrigation treatments will continue for the next four growing seasons creating one of the longest intensive nutrition trials ever completed in the POME fruit industry. Undertaking litter decomposition studies, labelled N research and monitoring tree performance and N leaching will enable us to determine for the first time a complete N budget for commercial apple production. This research will provide an understanding of how fertiliser application approach, rates and timings can be managed to best satisfy the trees N requirements, mitigate leaching and optimize productivity without a cost to fruit quality. The decision support tool backed by a meta-model incorporating data from field N fertigation trials, multi-site regional soil parameterisation, climate and tree physiological datasets will provide growers with a reliable assessment of their orchards soil, water and nutrient status based on their irrigation and fertiliser inputs. Growers and advisors will be trained in the usage of the decision support tool. This research will enable growers and advisers to explore different irrigation and fertilizer strategies and management practices for different soil types and climates in order to optimize yield achievement without cost to quality.
Funding
Horticulture Innovation Australia ($925,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Swarts ND; Close DC; Hardie MA
Period
2015 - 2020
Sense-T Stage 2: Sensor-smart irrigation (2015 - 2016)$509,799
Description
This project will consist of collating existing; spatial data, sensor technology, and irrigation software (developed by NCEA) to deliver a working irrigation management tool. A simple to use mobile App using real-time sensory data to assist growers to decide when and how much to irrigate different soils or crops, tailored to their irrigation control system and site characteristics. Part of the project will undertake a review and evaluation of the use of sensors; what functionality is needed; and how decision making occurs with end users. The growers have indicated there is a need for a review to inform them of the sensors to use in their individual businesses. They are also need information on the best location of sensors and the optimal number of sensors required to provide reliable information and management zones within an irrigation area. One of the key objectives of the spatial data component of the project will be to determine the appropriate scale of mapping to match management zones.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($509,799)
Scheme
Grant - Institutional
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hinton SJ; Hardie MA; Johnson PG; Kang BH; Han S; Chung H; Turner P
Period
2015 - 2016
Smarter Irrigation for profit (2015 - 2018)$4,341,502
Description
This project will provide a detailed assessment of the irrigation delivery system, energy and water use efficiency, changes in irrigation scheduling, system design, irrigation uniformity on participatory farms and as economic analysis and productivity assessment of performance against benchmarks. This project will also evaluate a proof of concept adaptive control, system for dairy production that controls site-specific irrigation application. This control system has the potential to significantly improve dairy production through delivery of irrigation requirements.
Funding
Department of Agriculture ($4,341,502)
Scheme
Grant-Rural R&D for Profit program
Administered By
Cotton Research and Development Corporation
Research Team
Hills JL; Freeman MJ; Rawnsley RP; Nelson R; Hardie MA
Period
2015 - 2018
Water for Profit (2015 - 2018)$980,000
Description
This four-year program delivers three inter-related Farming for Profit projects through funding from the Tasmanian Government Water for Profit Program that will ensure farmers are equipped with the right skills and information to maximise their investment in irrigation and are able to capitalise on Tasmanias strategic global advantage in agriculture.
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($980,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nelson R; Hinton SJ; Parsons D; Mohammed CL; Dean GJ; Harrison MT; Hardie MA; Phelan DC
Period
2015 - 2018
Sustaining vegetable production with controlled traffic and sub-soil manuring (2014 - 2015)$940,089
Funding
Department of Agriculture ($940,089)
Scheme
Grant-Innovative Projects
Administered By
Tom Dowling
Research Team
McPhee JE; Hardie MA; Brient T
Period
2014 - 2015
Soil science and landscape management (2013 - 2016)$22,059
Description
This project provides a framework for the delivery of specialist professional services in the fields of soil and land management and soil science, such as providing input into the implementation of the landscape monitoring protocol for the Water Access Program, providing technical comments and advice (as required) on Reserve Activity Assessments (RAA) and Requests for Comment (RFC) that link to salinity, landscape health or other aspects of soil science.
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($22,059)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hardie MA; Close DC
Period
2013 - 2016
Reducing nitrous oxide emissions in key perennial tree crop industries (2013 - 2015)$612,961
Description
This project will research benchmarking and mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4)) in two key Australian horticulture industries apples and cherries. This proposal addresses research gaps in three main areas: reducing N2O emissions; increasing soil carbon; and the interaction between N2O emissions and soil carbon.
Funding
Department of Agriculture ($612,961)
Scheme
Grant-CarbonFarmingFuture-Filling the Research Gap
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Swarts ND; Close DC; Hardie MA
Period
2013 - 2015
The National Biochar Initiative II - A country wide approach to Biochar systems (DAFF) (2012 - 2014)$1,050,411
Funding
Department of Agriculture ($1,050,411)
Scheme
Grant - Biochar Capacity Building Program
Administered By
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation
Research Team
Boersma M; Hardie MA; Bound SA; Mohammed CL; Johnson PG; Gracie AJ; Close DC
Period
2012 - 2014
2012: 2nd International Conference on Hydropedology, Germany (2012)$1,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($1,500)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hardie MA
Year
2012
Increasing Productivity and Profitability of Indonesian Smallholder Plantations (2011 - 2014)$1,873,232
Funding
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research ($1,873,232)
Scheme
Grant-Research and Development
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Mendham DS; Mohammed CL; Glen M; Hardie MA
Period
2011 - 2014
DPIPWE Soils Research (2010 - 2011)$190,926
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($190,926)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hardie MA
Period
2010 - 2011
PIPS Orchard Productivity Program (2009 - 2017)$8,139,699
Funding
Horticulture Innovation Australia ($8,139,699)
Scheme
Grant-Industry Call
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bound SA; Close DC; Goodwin Ian; Tustin Stuart; Williams David; Clothier Brent; Ryan Dan; Middleton Simon; Hardie MA; Wilkie J
Period
2009 - 2017

Research Supervision

Marcus currently supervises six HDR candidates, five PhDs, and one MSc. He strongly believes that a PhD has to be more than a qualification or set of papers. A PhD should be a once in a lifetime opportunity to deeply explore a topic of interest and build knowledge, skills and critical thinking as a lifelong investment to sustain career in science.

Current

7

Completed

4

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDTree Crop Interactions in an Acacia Auriculiformis Agroforestry System in Gunungkidul, Java, Indonesia2014
PhDProduction and Quality of Industrial Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) in Response to Water Regimes2018
PhDSmart Soil Sensors for the Vegetable Industry2018
PhDThe Green Drought - Pasture that survives but does not thrive under Centre Pivot Irrigation. An investigation of irrigation efficiency and effectiveness on Tasmanian dairy farm soils2019
PhDScience to Inform Decision Making Between Synthetic and Alternative Nitrogen Sources in Vineyards2019
PhDSoil Sucker: extracting soil water for nutrient analysis2020
PhD3D Printed Devices for In-Field Soil Measurements2020

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDUtilising Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for Precision Agriculture and Yield Estimation of Tasmanian Poppy
Candidate: Faheem Iqbal
2018
MastersThe Effect of Irrigation on Barley Root Architecture, Yield and Water-Use Efficiency in Vertic Texture Contrast Soils
Candidate: Marek Rudolf Matuszek
2017
PhDFormation, Management and Consequences of Soil Crusting in Leafy Packet Salad Production
Candidate: Abbas Hameed Thiab Almajmaie
2017
PhDSoil profile properties affecting grapevine root growth, vine vigour and fruit yield
Candidate: Samuel John Rees
2015