Linkage Projects - Grant ID: LP160100598 [ 2016-10-14 - 2020-12-30 ]

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Researchers: Dr Philip Bond (Chief Investigator) ,  Hans Lambers (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Dr Longbin Huang (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Gordon Southam (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Kingsley Dixon (Chief Investigator)
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Brief description Eco-engineering soil from mine tailings for native plant rehabilitation. Eco-engineering soil from mine tailings for native plant rehabilitation. This project aims to develop integrated and low-cost eco-engineering technology to purposefully accelerate in-situ formation of soil from tailings for sustainable native plant community rehabilitation at metal mines. Soil shortages at mines cost the Australian mining industry billions of dollars in sustainable rehabilitation of tailings, and threaten the industry’s ecological and commercial sustainability. Building on recent findings of critical processes in soil formation from copper/lead–zinc tailings, this research will use key biogeochemical and rhizosphere processes in the tailing-soil to create a functional 'technosol'. This technology is intended to be used in Australian metal mines to offset the soil needed to rehabilitate tailings landforms with native plant communities.

Funding Amount $590,000

Funding Scheme Linkage Projects

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