News and events

19 January 2018

Have you ever wondered what lives in your dirt? Researchers are now one step closer to answering this question, with Western Sydney University experts teaming up with researchers from the United States, Spain and UK to compile the world’s first ‘soil atlas’ which tracks the most common types of soil bacteria around the world.

Sep 5

Participants at our Soils Masterclasses will learn how to adopt practices and strategies to enhance the life in soils and use the power of plant-soil-microbial relationships to unlock soil nutrients, produce healthier and more nutritious plants and understand how microbes drive modern farming success.

This two day program includes:

  • Full overview of soil health, soil biology and nutrition practices that reflect the latest, emerging research findings
  • Conference dinner with delegates at the Sebel Hotel Hawkesbury
  • Conference materials and access to soil health facilities at Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury campus
  • Morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas
A/Prof Sathaa A Sathasivan and Professor Brajesh Singh from the Global Centre for Land-Based Innovation is working to improve our ability to disinfect the drinking water supplies of more than seven million Australians in a new ARC Linkage project, "Smart Management of Disinfectant in Chloraminated Water Supplies".

The Global Centre for Land Based Innovation at Western Sydney University organised a workshop entitled "Incorporating soil health management practices to sustainably increase productivity and profitability" in Narrabri, to engage with the cotton community about the benefits of improving soil health...

The Global Centre for Land Based Innovation hosted an international workshop "Harnessing rhizosphere-soil-microbial interactions for increasing farm productivity and resilience of farming systems." to discuss rhizosphere interactions, plant productivity, root traits and functions and soil health structure...

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Global Collaboration For Food Security


The Centre is investigating the ability of the cotton industry to adapt under extreme weather conditions and climate change. The cotton industry needs to identify risks associated with these climate events and develop adaptation strategies to maintain productivity.
Soil Carbon
There are vast below-ground soil microbial communities. These microbe communities are important but unseen contributors to terrestrial ecosystems.