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The importance of well-maintained green spaces for encouraging physical activity and maintaining mental health is well recognised by local communities. Turfgrass managers in the Perth metropolitan area are under pressure to maintain high quality turfgrass surfaces despite declining water availability. The UWA Turf Research Program was established to assist the Western Australian turfgrass industry with the development of best management practices that maximise turfgrass quality while minimising water and nutrient inputs. Assoc/Professor Louise Barton will summarise key findings from two decades of turfgrass research conducted by herself and UWA colleagues. This will include examining how much water is needed to maintain turfgrass, strategies for improving water-use efficiency of turfgrass, optimising irrigation scheduling under limited water supplies, and approaches for minimising nitrogen leaching from Perth’s sandy soils.
Assoc/Professor Louise Barton is a passionate soil scientist who has used her expertise to investigate sustainable solutions to turfgrass (lawn) management in a drying climate. She has co-led the UWA Turf Research Program since 2001, and teaches in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment. Her other research interests include quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils and soil nitrogen cycling. Louise enjoys working alongside growers, industry and policy makers to ensure best practises for land and water management are implemented.
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Associate Professor Matt Hipsey, Faculty of Science, email@example.com