Program
03 - December - 2011

WATER SCIENCE
  • Catchments hydrology and drainage
  • Strategic and tactical use of supplementary irrigation
  • Irrigation water resource availability and quality
  • Guidelines on water use
SOIL SCIENCE
LOWLAND AND UPLAND SOILS MANAGEMENT
  • Nutrient balances and nutrient availability
  • Soil acidity and salinity
  • Soil biology, organic matter, and nitrogen fixation
  • Soil-specific fertilizer recommendations
  • Development of nutrient management technologies
  • Plant nutrition research: nutrient omission trials and fertilizer responses for rice, fruit trees, vegetables and field crops
SOIL PHYSICS
  • Soil water availability in relation to soil types and soil management
  • Tillage – effects on crop establishment, soil structure and erosion
  • Crop establishment – seedbed requirements and relationship to soil types, waterlogging, fertilizer requirements and placement and tillage.
  • Soil physical characteristics- relationship of soil physical properties to tillage, crop establishment, erosion risk and drainage.
LAND RESOURCES
  • GIS and Land Suitability
  • Land use and soil types spatial datasets and mapping
  • Update soil manual for rice plus upland crops
  • Develop land suitability classifications
  • Decision support systems for land use planning (crop suitability assessment and maps)
  • Soil quality –indicators (physical, chemical and biological) of sustainable soil management practices.
ANALYTICAL LABORATORY
  • Analytical services for soil, water and plant samples plus post-harvest products
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