Dr Richard Brackin

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
r.brackin@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52739

Overview

My work focuses on soil microbiological processes in sugarcane farming systems, particularly centred around the nitrogen cycle. I am interested in alterations of soil biogeochemical cycles under different land uses, and using this information to devise more sustainable cropping systems. My research examines production rates and fluxes of soil nitrogen compounds, in context of their availability to plants. Sugarcane cropping systems in Australia have poor synchronisation of nitrogen application with crop demand: my current project is examining the capacity of legume intercrops to provide ‘slow release’ nitrogen across the sugarcane growing season

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Brackin, Richard, Schmidt, Susanne, Walter, David, Bhuiyan, Shamsul, Buckley, Scott and Anderson, Jay (2017). Soil biological health - What is it, and how can we improve it?. In: Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Cairns, QLD, Australia, (141-154). 3-5 May 2017.

  • Robinson, N., Brackin, R., Paungfoo-Lonhienne, C., Lonhienne, T., Westermann, M., Salazar, M., Yeoh, Y. K ., Hugenholtz, P., Ragan, M. A., Redding, M., Pratt, C., Wang, W. J., Royle, A., DiBella, L., Lakshmanan, P. and Schmidt, S. (2016). Addressing the nitrogen problem in sugarcane production to reduce pollution of the Great Barrier Reef. In: 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI 2016): Solutions to enhance nitrogen use efficiency for the world. International Nitrogen Initiative Conference, Melbourne, Australia, (). 4-8 December 2016.

  • Buckley, Scott, Brackin, Richard and Schmidt, Susanne (2016). Microdialysis - a sensitive method for estimating plant-available N released during litter decomposition. In: 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI 2016): Solutions to enhance nitrogen use efficiency for the world. International Nitrogen Initiative Conference, Melbourne, (). 4-8 December 2016.

  • Brackin, Richard, Nasholm, Torgny, Robinson, Nicole, Guillou, Stephane, Vinall, Kerry, Buckley, Scott, Lakshmanan, Prakash, Schmidt, Susanne and Inselsbacher, Erich (2016). Microdialysis – a new technology for investigating soil nitrogen fluxes in the rhizosphere. In: 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI 2016): Solutions to enhance nitrogen use efficiency for the world. International Nitrogen Initiative Conference, Melbourne VIC Australia, (). 4-8 December 2016.

  • Salazar Cajas, Monica Elizabeth, Robinson, Nicole, Royle, Adam, Di Bella, Lawrence, Wang, Weijin, Heenan, Marijke, Reeves, Steven, Schmidt, Susanne and Brackin, Richard (2016). Reducing nitrous oxide emissions from sugarcane soil with legume intercropping. In: 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI 2016): Solutions to enhance nitrogen use efficiency for the world. International Nitrogen Initiative Conference, Melbourne VIC Australia, (). 4-8 December 2016.

  • Brackin, Richard, Robinson, Nicole, Lakshmanan, Prakash and Schmidt, Susanne (2012). Microbial dynamics in forest and sugarcane soils of Queensland. In: Lucy Burkitt and Leigh Sparrow, Proceedings of the 5th Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference 2012. Soil Science: Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference: Soil solutions for diverse landscapes, Hobart, Australia, (392-392). 2-7 December 2012.

  • Robinson, N., Gamage, H. K., Whan, A., Vinall, K., Fletcher, A., Brackin, R. T., Holst, J., Lakshmanan, P. and Schmidt, Susanne (2009). Evidence of differences in nitrogen use efficiency in sugarcane genotypes. In: P. Tait and B. R. Stanmore, Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Ballina, NSW, Australia, (256-264). 6-8 May 2009.

  • McGrath, K., Brackin, R.T., Lakshmanan, P., Schenk, P.M.P. and Schmidt, S. (2008). Knowledge of soil biology to reduce nitrogen loss as N2O from sugarcane farming. In: Bruce, R.C., Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologies. Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologies, Townsville, Australia, (115-126). 29 April - 2 May 2008.

  • Robinson, N., Fletcher, A.T., Whan, A., Vinall, K., Brackin, R.T., Lakshmanan, P. and Schmidt, S. (2008). Sustainable sugarcane production systems: reducing plant nitrogen demand. In: Bruce, R.C., Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologies. Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologies, Townsville, Australia, (212-219). 29 April - 2 May 2008.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision