SoilsWest is a foundational partnership between the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), Agriculture and Food Division - formerly the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia. This partnership recognises and invites developing partnerships and links, with a focus on delivering relevant research to growers that improves soil function to deliver greater efficiency, supports increasing profitability and resilience within agricultural systems for Western Australia. The initial node exists for agriculture with themes in crop nutrition, biological function, soil constraints and structure (soil matrix). The objective of the alliance is to jointly undertake research, technology transfer and delivery of soil research to increase and sustain the productivity and profitability of the WA and national grains industry.
This Alliance reflects Australia’s science research priority in ‘Soil and Water’ with soil being an integral component of the supply chain for food, fibre and fresh water.