Zed Rengel

The University of Western Australia, Australia

After PhD from Louisiana State University and postdoctoral work in the Adelaide University, Zed moved to the University of Western Australia in 1996, where he is Professor of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. Over the course of his career, Zed studied various aspects of plant ecology and physiology (from the cellular to the whole plant level), molecular biology and gene cloning, soil fertility and plant nutrition, land rehabilitation, soil microbiology, etc. The emphasis has been on abiotic stresses (acidity, heavy metal and arsenic toxicity, nutrient deficiency, salinity, waterlogging) and biotic stresses (rhizoctonia, take-all) in crop germplasm and native plant ecotypes. Zed also works on chemical and biological interactions in the rhizosphere soil and modelling of 3-D root growth and function in heterogeneous soil environments. The unifying feature of Zed’s research is the study of the dynamics of the soil-water-microbe-plant continuum, aimed at improving profitability and sustainability of the farming systems, as well as rehabilitation of degraded land. Zed supervised 30 postdocs and 32 PhD students. He hosted 35 visiting scientists from many countries (eg. Germany, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Japan, etc). Zed was awarded 7 prizes, 7 awards, 12 fellowships and 6 Visiting and 3 Honorary Professorships and was elected to one national academy of science. He is serving on international discipline committees (Plant Nutrition Council, Phosphorus Cycling in the Environment, Phytoremediation & Ecosystem Health, Plant-Soil Interactions at Low pH, etc). He was invited to give 30 keynote addresses at international conferences. Zed is the author/co-author of 237 publications in peer-refereed international journals and 24 invited book chapters. He edited 6 books and 4 Journal Special Issues. He is on the Editorial Board of 10 international journals (J Exp Bot-UK, J Plant Nutr-USA, Crop Res-India, J Soil Sci Plant Nutr-Germany, Tree Physiol-Canada, etc).

Biography Updated on 23 December 2008

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