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The Centre for Rhizobium Studies

Since its inception in 1997, the Centre for Rhizobium Studies (CRS) has become an internationally recognised hub for research and training in the science of the root nodule bacteria. These organisms are unique in their ability to convert atmospheric nitrogen to plant-available nitrogen by forming symbiotic associations with legumes. In farming systems, this biological nitrogen fixation allows for inputs of nitrogen without the need for using energy-expensive and CO2-producing industrially synthesised fertilisers.

A key focus of the research at the CRS is the application of root nodule bacteria to legumes in agriculture, and to identify and solve problems which compromise nitrogen fixation. This involves understanding and integrating root nodule bacterial ecology, physiology, molecular genetics and symbiotic capacity. In addition, researchers at the CRS are working to identify, characterise and describe new root nodule bacteria from Australia and all over the world.

News and events

Upcoming CRS PhD and Honours students awarded scholarships

Book chapter on the history of inoculant use in Nigeria published in 'Just Enough Nitrogen'

National Rhizobium Steering Committee workshop held with key members of the Australian inoculant industry

Paper on hardseed breakdown patterns published in Grass and Forage Science

CRS and Murdoch launch new French serradella cultivar 'Fran2o'

CRS featured in N2Africa, an online magazine covering a ten-year project investigating N-fixation for smallholder farmers in Africa

Research activities

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Work at the CRS spans both fundamental and applied aspects of nitrogen fixation research

Prospective students

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The CRS offers a wide range of opportunities for training research students for Honours and PhD degrees.

News and Events

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CRS scientists actively engage with farmers and researchers from around the world