Professor Caixian TangProfessor Caixian Tang graduated BAgSc (Hons) from Zhejiang University, China in 1982. He was then appointed as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry at the same University. After obtaining a scholarship from the University of Western Australia in 1988, he carried out research on the role of iron in nodulation and nitrogen fixation in legumes and was awarded a Ph.D. Since 1991, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition at the University of Western Australia, and was later appointed as a Research Fellow in the Cooperative Research Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture, and in the Cooperative Research Centre for Plant-Based Management of Dryland Salinity.

He joined the staff as a Senior Lecturer in 2003, and was promoted to Reader and Associate Professor in 2005 and to Professor in 2008. His research interests include soil salinity, soil acidity and acidification, plant-soil interactions, rhizosphere chemistry and plant root exudation, subsoil constraints, and nutrient dynamics in natural and agro-ecosystems. He has supervised many Honours and Ph.D. students, Postdoctoral Fellows and visiting Scientists, and published 150+ papers in refereed international journals, 6 book chapters and 90+ conference papers/abstracts. Currently, he is an editorial board member of international journals “Plant and Soil”, “Environmental & Experimental Botany” and “Frontiers in Plant Nutrition”, an associate editor of “Crop & Pasture Science” and “Journal of Soils & Sediments”, and referees papers for 26 international journals. He currently holds three guest/adjunct professor posts at overseas institutions.

Tang is the Director of Research in School of Life Sciences. He leads the soil-plant interactions research group, and coordinates the soil component of the ITEX project.

He supervises/participates in a number of other funded projects:

  • Belowground processes: filling the missing gap in predicting the response of grain systems to elevated carbon dioxide in southern Australia (Funded by Australian Research Council).

  • Role of organic matter in soil pH change in agroecosystems (Funded by Australian Research Council).

  • How do legumes improve phosphorus uptake of the following wheat? (Funded by Australian Research Council).

  • Phytoextraction approaches for mitigating heavy metal release from unlined and loosely capped rural landfills (Funded by Australian Research Council).

  • Combating subsoil acidity for sustainable production through managing plant cation-anion uptake (Funded by Australian Research Council).

  • Assessing management options for enhanced soil phosphorus availability using rotations (Funded by GRDC). Validating subsoil manuring in the high rainfall zone (Funded by GRDC)
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    or by telephone on +61 (0)3 9479 2184