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Nutrient re-distribution and availability in ameliorated and cultivated soils in the Western Region
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Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart
By June 30 2021, new knowledge on the impact of mechanical soil amelioration practices on nutrient re-distribution through the soil profile and the impact on crop demand for nutrition and its better prediction will result in better fertiliser decisions.
This GRDC investment is to:
• By June 30 2021, conduct a series of experiments on the major soils types in the Western Region to understand the effect of mechanical soil amelioration on nutrient re-distribution and its impact on crop nutrient supply. The research will focus on;
• The effect of different mechanical soil amelioration practices on the re- distribution of plant-available nutrition through the soil profile.
• Changes in soil supply and crop response to fertiliser in mechanically ameliorated soils.
• New soil testing methodology to accurately determine plant-available nutrition in ameliorated soils.
• Collaboration with the ‘Improved sampling methods to better predict nutrient availability and supply of soils in the Western Region’ project is required.
ii. Use revised soil tests and crop response information to provide improved fertiliser requirements predictions.
• At least two peer reviewed journal articles published by June 2021.
• Annually, for the life of the project, extend the research to at least 300 growers, advisers and industry professionals.
• By March 2018, and each subsequent year, an Annual Progress Report detailing the key findings of the project for the reporting period.
By June 30 2021, a Final Technical Report amalgamating the key findings, new knowledge and conclusions of the project to provide an overall interpretation of the work.
Tenderers must familiarise themselves with further information found at https://grdc.com.au/Apply/Current-Tenders/ Nutrient re-distribution and availability in ameliorated and cultivated soils in the Western Region including terms and conditions of participation, required form of response and draft contract.
1. The Applicant must be a single legal entity or recognised firm of partner.
2. The Applicant must be financially viable. For the purposes of this condition, “financially viable” means that the Tenderer has not had any of the following events occur in respect of it:
a. a meeting of creditors being called or held within the past five years;
b. the appointment of a liquidator, provisional liquidator or administrator within the past five years;
c. the appointment of a controller (as defined in section 9 of the Corporations Act (2001)), or analogous person appointed, including in respect of any of its property within the past five years;
d. a failure to comply with a statutory demand in respect of the payment of any debt;
e. an inability to pay debts as they fall due or otherwise becoming insolvent;
f. becoming incapable of managing its own affairs for any reason;
g. taking any step resulting in insolvency under administration (as defined in section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001);
h. entering into a compromise or arrangement with, or assignment for the benefit of, any of its creditors, or any analogous event.
3. The Applicant and any proposed subcontractor must be compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
4. The Applicant must include in its application details of any known circumstances that may give rise to an actual or potential Conflict of Interest with GRDC in responding to this procurement. The Applicant's response will be taken into account in the evaluation.
July 2017 to June 2021
By portal submission only at https://access.grdc.com.au/