Tony's research areas of interest are in organic chemistry – particularly relating to the chemistry of soil organic matter, humic substances and related green chemistry. This also includes studies of organic amendments such as composts and other soil amendments. The research has focused on the nature of the organic matter in soil, reactions of organic matter in the soil environment and how environmental conditions affect the nature of this organic matter. The overall aim of this work is to understand the dynamics of soil organic matter (including added waste materials from industry) in the environment, in order to assist with improved management practices for use of sustaining soil fertility and retaining carbon in the soil.
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Waste not, want not
We love our food, but waste an extraordinary amount of it. Now, research is looking at how repurposing this waste food biomass can be turned into profit.