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Mr Dinesh Babu Madhavan


Mr Dinesh Babu Madhavan
PhD student

Topic: measurement and use of edaphic variables to predict plantation growth and sustainability


University of Melbourne



Soil organic matter and nutrient conservation, and fertiliser application are essential to maintain and improve the growth of intensively managed wood production plantations. In this study, conventional and emerging techniques will be used to measure the capacity and intensity components of soil nutrient availability. These will be correlated with growth responses to fertiliser, or with growth decline due to nutrient removal or changes in nutrient forms or cycling during the rotation, and the inter-rotation period. The work will focus on those soil nutrient variables that are useful in process-based growth models, and which can be efficiently measured and applied spatially.

I graduated at Annamalai University, India (1995-1999), where I studied agronomy, plant physiology, soil science, biochemistry, horticulture, microbiology, entomology and breeding through the broad course curriculum. A desire for research spurred me to undertake a Masters degree in Horticulture (1999-2001) at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and as junior research fellow for ASPEE Agricultural Research and Development Foundation. I started my career as a horticulture manager and then joined Massey Fegusson-TAFE as senior executive-research.

My supervisors are Dr Tom Baker and Dr Chris Weston (School of Forest and Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne).

My PhD studies contribute to the Managing and Monitoring for Growth and Health program (Program One) of the CRC for Forestry.

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