Dr Ehsan Tavakkoli is a Research Scientist with over 10 years of research and consulting experience in soil fertility & crop nutrition, subsoil constraints, environmental nanotechnology and soil-plant interactions. Dr Tavakkoli is responsible for the Soil Science Laboratories at Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute where work in soil chemistry and physics is undertaken. Dr Tavakkoli has been involved and led a number of projects co-funded by GRDC, ARC, DAFF and the Australian Synchrotron.
He currently leads the NSW component of various National GRDC programs on improving wheat yields in sodic and dispersive soils, amelioration of sodic and acidic soils and understanding crop responses to modern fertilisation techniques with a focus on improving subsoil fertility.
Dr Tavakkoli is also involved in the development of various approaches that employ synchrotron techniques in soils which allow highly spatially-resolved in situ analyses to be performed. He has close relationships with growers, advisers and grower groups across Australia and participated in numerous field days and GRDC updates in south-eastern Australia. He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at The University of Adelaide and Charles Sturt University and a visiting Research Fellow at CSIRO Land & Water.
G K McDonald, D Cozzolino, Krzysztof Banas, P Rengasamy, E Tavakkoli (2016) Field survey of total and dissolved organic carbon in alkaline soils of southern Australia: effect of pH and land management. Soil Research. In Press.
P Rengasamy, E Tavakkoli, GK McDonald (2016) Exchangeable cations and clay dispersion: net dispersive charge, a new concept for dispersive soil. European Journal of Soil Science 67, 659-665.
E Tavakkoli, P Rengasamy, E Smith, GK McDonald (2015) The effect of cation–anion interactions on soil pH and solubility of organic carbon. European Journal of Soil Science 66, 1054-1062.
E Tavakkoli, Albert Juhasz, Erica Donner (2015) Characterising the exchangeability of phenanthrene associated with naturally occurring soil colloids using an isotopic dilution technique. Environmental Pollution 199, 244-252
E Donner, G Brunetti, B Zarcinas, P Harris, E Tavakkoli, R Naidu, E Lombi (2013) Effects of chemical amendments on the lability and speciation of metals in anaerobically digested biosolids. Environmental science & technology 47 (19), 11157-11165
E Tavakkoli, P Rengasamy, GK McDonald (2011) High concentrations of Na+ and Cl–ions in soil solution have simultaneous detrimental effects on growth of faba bean under salinity stress. Journal of Experimental Botany 61 (15), 4449-4459
E Tavakkoli, F Fatehi, S Coventry, P Rengasamy, GK McDonald (2011) Additive effects of Na+ and Cl–ions on barley growth under salinity stress. Journal of Experimental Botany 62 (6), 2189-2203