Dr Peter W Sale
Reader, Associate Professor
Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering
School of Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Science
AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience
R.L. Reid Building 206, Melbourne (Bundoora)
BRurSc (Hons) UNE, PhD USYD
Area of study
Dr Sale's current research interests are in improving the productivity of cropping and pasture soils, with a particular focus on ameliorating subsoil constraints, He also has research interets in the impacts of elevated CO2 on crop performance, on the rhizosphere and phosphorus acquisition, and in phytoremediation. He joined the staff in 1988. He was the project leader for the National Reactive Phosphate Rock Project from 1991 to 1996 and has supervised numerous postgraduate students in the field of pasture and crop agronomy.
In 2008, Dr Sale published 'the second edition of Agriculture in Australia: An Introduction' with Bill Malcolm and other authors from the University of Melbourne. In 1998, he was awarded the National University Teaching Award in the section for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.
His interests in agriculture in developing countries resulted in a University Teaching Grant from the Rotary Foundation, to teach at Universities in Uganda in 2007.
- Assisting farmers to adopt improved practices in south Australia and developing countries
- Improving performance of crop & pasture plants growing in infertile soils
- Ameliorating dense clay subsoils in cropping land in south west Victoria.
AGR1AAS - Animal and Agricultural Science
AGR3CS - Agricultural and Animal Case Studies
- Clark G.J., Dodgshun N., Sale P.W.G., Tang C. (2007) Changes in chemical and biological properties of a sodic clay subsoil with addition of organic amendments. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 39, 2806-2817.
- Sargeant M, Sale P, Tang C. (2006). Salt priming improves establishment of Distichlis spicata under saline conditions. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 57, 1259-1265.
- Singh, D.K. and Sale, P.W.G. (2000). Growth and potential conductivity of white clover roots in dry soil with increasing phosphorus supply and defoliation frequency. Agronomy Journal 92, 868-874.
- Trompf, J.P.T., Sale, P.W.G. and Graetz, B. (2000). Factors affecting the adoption of productive pastures by participants in a paired-paddock extension program. . Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 40, 1089-99.
- Waller, R.A. and Sale, P.W.G. (2001). Persistence and productivity of perennial ryegrass in sheep pastures in south-western Victoria: a review. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 41, 117-144.
Ameliorating subsoil constraints
Impact of elevated CO2 on crop growth and soil nutrient dynamics
The rhizosphere and soil nutrient dynamics
Farming systems interventions to deplete weed seedbanks
- Impact of subsoil manuring on crop performance and subsoil properties