Dr Matthew Denton

Matthew Denton
Senior Lecturer in Agronomy
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

Feeding the world with limited Resources
It is expected that 9 billion people will inhabit the world by 2050. How can agricultural research assist in providing sufficient food, sustainably?

With declining resources, new ideas are required to produce food more efficiently and cost effectively than ever before.

In my research team, we apply agronomic, physiological and microbiological solutions, in Australia and overseas, with an aim to increase global food production. We focus on 3 components - plants, soils and cropping system interactions.

Plants - we focus on the nitrogen benefits that legumes provide through the effective use of inoculants and the benefits that arise from atmospheric nitrogen fixation

Soil biology - healthy soils are important for the provision of nutrients. New tools enable the entire communities of organisms in soil environments to be rapidly investigated.

Cropping systems - effective cropping system function is important for productive farming systems. Our focus is on broad acre systems with minimal tillage, crop-livestock interactions in small holder systems, and protected horticulture.

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Dr Matthew Denton

Feeding the world with limited Resources
It is expected that 9 billion people will inhabit the world by 2050. How can agricultural research assist in providing sufficient food, sustainably?

With declining resources, new ideas are required to produce food more efficiently and cost effectively than ever before.

In my research team, we apply agronomic, physiological and microbiological solutions, in Australia and overseas, with an aim to increase global food production. We focus on 3 components - plants, soils and cropping system interactions.

Plants - we focus on the nitrogen benefits that legumes provide through the effective use of inoculants and the benefits that arise from atmospheric nitrogen fixation

Soil biology - healthy soils are important for the provision of nutrients. New tools enable the entire communities of organisms in soil environments to be rapidly investigated.

Cropping systems - effective cropping system function is important for productive farming systems. Our focus is on broad acre systems with minimal tillage, crop-livestock interactions in small holder systems, and protected horticulture.

Matt's group studies agronomic, physiological, and microbiological processes to improve farming systems both in Australia and in developing countries. A strong focus is on the supply and use of nitrogen in farming systems, nitrogen fixation in legumes, conservation agriculture and the improvement of crop / livestock integration. Current projects include:

PhD projects

Project opportunity on chickpea

PhD Scholarships

Domestic

University scholarships for Australian students are known as Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA). These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and in designated areas of research strength within the University. If a student does not secure an APA, then the School of Physical Sciences considers the option of divisional scholarships (based on academic merit and budget limits). The University also offers a range of Scholarships for international students.

Application involves filling in the "application form for admission/scholarship".

When applying for domestic scholarships please remember to tick both the APA and Divisional box.  After the closing date, the Graduate Centre will forward your application to the School to consider. If an APA is not awarded then the school will consider offering a divisional scholarship.  Further details can be found at the scholarship websites http://www.adelaide.edu.au/scholarships/

International

International scholarships at the University of Adelaide are very competitive. Prospective PhD students who are highly motivated and have recognised English language skills (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/forms/admission/docs/hdr-english-language-requirements-2017-2018.pdf), previous research experience and publications in internationally refereed journals should contact me to ensure that there are overlapping interests and availability for supervision. Further information on international PhD scholarships can be found at:  https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/scholarships/research-international/opportunities/

Postdoctoral Positions

For general postdoctoral scholarship applications see: Australian Research Council (ARC) http://www.arc.gov.au/ 

China - http://www.csc.edu.cn

Germany - http://www.daad.de

USA - http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5179&org=OISE&from=fund

EU residents - http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/mariecurie-actions/action/fellow_en.html

Japan - http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-pd/ab.htm

 

 

 

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2014 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
2010 - 2013 Lecturer University of Adelaide
2006 - 2010 Senior Research Scientist Department of Primary Industries, Victoria
2002 - 2006 Postdoctoral Scientist and Lecturer University of Western Australia
2000 - 2002 Postdoctoral Scientist University of Minnesota

Postgraduate Training

Date Title Institution Country
Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) The University of Adelaide Australia
PhD University of Adelaide Australia

Journals

Year Citation
2017 lai, T. & Denton, M. D. (2017). N2O and N2 emissions from denitrification respond differentially to soil temperatures and nitrogen supply. Journal of Soils and Sediments, -.
10.1007/s11368-017-1863-5
2017 Denton, M. D., Phillips, L. A., Peoples, M. B., Pearce, D. J., Swan, A. D., Mele, P. M. & Brockwell, J. (2017). Legume inoculant application methods: effects on nodulation patterns, nitrogen fixation, crop growth and yield in narrow-leaf lupin and faba bean. Plant and Soil, -.
10.1007/s11104-017-3317-7
2017 Peoples, M., Swan, A., Goward, L., Kirkegaaard, J., Hunt, J., Li, G. ... Khan, D. (2017). Soil mineral nitrogen benefits derived from legumes and comparisons of the apparent recovery of legume or fertiliser nitrogen by wheat. Soil Research, 55, 5-6, 600-615.
10.1071/SR16330
2017 Muleta, D., Ryder, M. & Denton, M. (2017). The potential for rhizobial inoculation to increase soybean grain yields on acid soils in Ethiopia. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 1-11.
10.1080/00380768.2017.1370961
2017 Zhou, Y., Hooper, P., Coventry, D. & Denton, M. (2017). Strategic nitrogen supply alters canopy development and improves NUE in dryland wheat. Agronomy Journal, 109, 3, 1072-1081.
10.2134/agronj2016.08.0458
2017 Zhou, Y., Coventry, D. & Denton, M. (2017). Soil surface pressure reduces post-emergent shoot growth in wheat. Plant and Soil, 413, 1-2, 127-144.
10.1007/s11104-016-3087-7
2017 Li, J., Harata-Lee, Y., Denton, M., Feng, Q., Rathjen, J., Qu, Z. & Adelson, D. (2017). Long read reference genome-free reconstruction of a full-length transcriptome from Astragalus membranaceus reveals transcript variants involved in bioactive compound biosynthesis. Cell Discovery, 3, 1-13.
10.1038/celldisc.2017.31
2017 Kitonyo, O., Sadras, V., Zhou, Y. & Denton, M. (2017). Evaluation of historic Australian wheat varieties reveals increased grain yield and changes in senescence patterns but limited adaptation to tillage systems. Field Crops Research, 206, 65-73.
10.1016/j.fcr.2017.02.017
2016 Zhou, Y., Coventry, D. & Denton, M. (2016). A quantitative analysis of root distortion from contrasting wheat cropping systems. Plant and Soil, 404, 1-2, 173-192.
10.1007/s11104-016-2836-y
2013 Denton, M., Pearce, D. & Peoples, M. (2013). Nitrogen contributions from faba bean (Vicia faba L.) reliant on soil rhizobia or inoculation. Plant and Soil, 365, 1, 363-374.
10.1007/s11104-012-1393-2
2012 Drew, E., Denton, M., Sadras, V. & Ballard, R. (2012). Agronomic and environmental drivers of population size and symbiotic performance of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae in Mediterranean-type environments. Crop and Pasture Science, 63, 5, 467-477.
10.1071/CP12032
2011 Pang, J., Tibbett, M., Denton, M., Lambers, H., Siddique, K. & Ryan, M. (2011). Soil phosphorus supply affects nodulation and N:P ratio in 11 perennial legume seedlings. Crop and Pasture Science, 62, 11, 992-1001.
10.1071/CP11229
2011 Denton, M., Coventry, D., Bellotti, W. & Howieson, J. (2011). Nitrogen fixation in annual Trifolium species in alkaline soils as assessed by the ¹⁵N natural abundance method. Crop and Pasture Science, 62, 8, 712-720.
10.1071/CP11039
2011 Real, D., Li, G., Clark, S., Albertson, T., Hayes, R., Denton, M. ... Dear, B. (2011). Evaluation of Perennial Forage Legumes and Herbs in Six Mediterranean Environments. Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research, 71, 3, 357-369.
10.4067/S0718-58392011000300003
2010 Pang, J., Tibbett, M., Denton, M., Lambers, H., Siddique, K., Bolland, M. ... Ryan, M. (2010). Variation in seedling growth of 11 perennial legumes in response to phosphorus supply. Plant and Soil, 328, 1, 133-143.
10.1007/s11104-009-0088-9
2010 Reeve, W., O'Hara, G., Chain, P., Ardley, J., Brau, L., Nandesena, K. ... Howieson, J. (2010). Complete genome sequence of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain WSM1325, an effective microsymbiont of annual Mediterranean clovers. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 2, 3, 347-356.
10.4056/sigs.852027
2010 Pang, J., Ryan, M., Tibbett, M., Cawthray, G., Siddique, K., Bolland, M. ... Lambers, H. (2010). Variation in morphological and physiological parameters in herbaceous perennial legumes in response to phosphorus supply. Plant and Soil, 331, 1-2, 241-255.
10.1007/s11104-009-0249-x
2010 Reeve, W., O'Hara, G., Chain, P., Ardley, J., Brau, L., Nandesena, K. ... Howieson, J. (2010). Complete genome sequence of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv trifolii strain WSM2304, an effective microsymbiont of the South American clover Trifolium polymorphum. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 2, 1, 66-76.
10.4056/sigs.44642
2009 Denton, M., Pearce, D., Ballard, R., Hannah, M., Mutch, L., Norng, S. & Slattery, J. (2009). A multi-site field evaluation of granular inoculants for legume nodulation. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 41, 12, 2508-2516.
10.1016/j.soilbio.2009.09.009
2008 Tibbett, M., Ryan, M., Barker, S., Chen, Y., Denton, M., Edmonds-Tibbett, T. & Walker, C. (2008). The diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizas of selected Australian Fabaceae. Plant Biosystems, 142, 2, 420-427.
10.1080/11263500802151124
2007 Denton, M., Hill, C., Bellotti, W. & Coventry, D. (2007). Nodulation of Medicago truncatula and Medicago polymorpha in two pastures of contrasting soil pH and rhizobial populations. Applied Soil Ecology, 35, 2, 441-448.
10.1016/j.apsoil.2006.08.001
2007 Denton, M., Veneklaas, E., Freimoser, F. & Lambers, H. (2007). Banksia species (Proteaceae) from severely phosphorus-impoverished soils exhibit extremem efficiency in the use and re-mobilization of phosphorus. Plant Cell and Environment, 30, 12, 1557-1565.
10.1111/j.1365-3040.2007.01733.x
2007 Denton, M., Veneklaas, E. & Lambers, H. (2007). Does phenotypic plasticity in carboxylate exudation differ among rare and widespread Banksia species (Proteaceae)?. New Phytologist, 173, 3, 592-599.
10.1111/j.1469-8137.2006.01956.x
2006 Denton, M., Sasse, C., Tibbett, M. & Ryan, M. (2006). Root distributions of Australian herbaceous perennial legumes in response to phosphorus placement. Functional Plant Biology, 33, 12, 1091-1102.
10.1071/FP06176
2005 Tesfaye, M., Denton, M., Samac, D. & Vance, C. (2005). Transgenic alfalfa secretes a fungal endochitinase protein to the rhizosphere. Plant and Soil, 2005, 269, 233-243.
10.1007/s11104-004-0520-0
2003 Denton, M., Reeve, W., Howieson, J. & Coventry, D. (2003). Competitive abilities of common field isolates and a commercial strain of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii for clover nodule occupancy. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 35, 8, 1039-1048.
10.1016/S0038-0717(03)00146-9
2002 Denton, M., Coventry, D., Murphy, P., Howieson, J. & Bellotti, W. (2002). Competition between inoculant and naturalised Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii for nodulation of annual clovers in alkaline soils. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 53, 9, 1019-1026.
10.1071/AR01138
2000 Denton, M., Coventry, D., Bellotti, W. & Howieson, J. (2000). Distribution, abundance and symbiotic effectiveness of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii from alkaline pasture soils in South Australia. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 40, 1, 25-35.
10.1071/EA99035
1996 Conran, J. & Denton, M. (1996). Germination in the Western Australian pitcher plant Cephalotus follicularis and its unusual early seeding development. Western Australian Naturalist, 21, 1, 37-42.
1994 Denton, M. & Ganf, G. G. (1994). Response of juvenile Melaleuca halmaturorum to flooding: Management implications for a seasonal wetland, Bool Lagoon, South Australia. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 45, 8, 1395-1408.
10.1071/MF9941395

Books

Year Citation
2012 Drew, E., Herridge, D., Ballard, R., O'Hara, G., Deaker, R., Denton, M. ... Ballard, N. (2012). Inoculating legumes: a practical guide. Grains Research and Development Corporation.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
1999 Denton, M. D., ganf, G. & atwell, B. (1999). Plants in Action. In B. J. Atwell, P. E. Kriedemann & C. G. N. Turnbull (Eds.), Plants in Action Macmillan Education AU.
1994 Denton, M. D. & ganf, G. (1994). Plants and Processes in Wetlands. In M. A. Brock, P. I. Boon & A. Grant (Eds.), Plants and Processes in Wetlands CSIRO Publishing.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2014 Peoples, M., Watson, L., Swan, T., Hunt, J., Hayes, R., Li, G. ... Midwood, J. (2014). Comparative inputs of fixed N by different crop and pasture legumes in south-eastern Australia. 17th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference. Adelaide.
2014 Zhou, Y. & Denton, M. D. (2014). Root distortion and development of wheat under different cropping systems. 7th International Symposium on Root Development. Germany.
2014 Ryder, M., Seymour, N., Ballard, N., Denton, M. D. & Ballard, R. (2014). A national survey of legume growers: current knowledge and Rhizobium
inoculation practice. 17th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
2014 Denton, M. D. & Ryder, M. (2014). A national survey of farmers in Australia to understand rhizobial inoculant use for pulse and pasture legumes. International Food Legume Research Conference and Interantional Conference on Legume Genomics and Genetics. Saskatoon, Canada.
2013 Ballard, R., Drew, L., Denton, M. D., Ryder, M., Deaker, R., Jones, S. ... Herridge, D. (2013). Optimising legume N2-fixation: an overview of the Australian Nitrogen Fixation Program. Pulse Breeding Australia Conference. Adelaide.
2012 Peoples, M., swan, T., Watson, L., Hunt, J., Kirkegaard, J., Pearce, D. ... Breust, P. (2012). Break crops – New focus leading to better crop sequences. GRDC updates. Ballarat and Narrandera.
2010 Denton, M. & Peoples, M. (2010). The importance of inoculant type or application rate for nitrogen fixation by grain legumes in cropping systems of south-eastern Australia. Australian Agronomy Conference (AAC). Lincoln, New Zealand.
2009 Humphries, A., Ballard, R., Charman, N., Venkatanagappa, S., Denton, M., Marshall, E. ... Auricht, G. (2009). Developing lucerne and rhizobia with improved tolerance to acidic soils: a novel approach. Australasian Plant Breeding Conference / SABRAO Conference. Cairns, Australia. Cairns, Australia.
2008 Ryan, M., Bennett, R., Denton, M., Hughes, S., Mitchell, M., Carmody, B. ... Snowball, R. (2008). Searching for native perennial legumes with pasture potential. Australian Agronomy Conference (AAC). Adelaide, South Australia.

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2014 Ryder, M., Denton, M. D. & Ballard, R., (2014). Maximising the nitrogen (N) benefits from rhizobial inoculation,
2014 Ryder, M. & Denton, M. D., (2014). Maximising the nitrogen benefits from legumes through better inoculation with rhizobia,
2012 Peoples, M., Swan, T., Watson, L., Pearce, D., Phillips, L. & Denton, M. D., (2012). Rhizobial inoculation can boost crop performance,

Source

Project

Chief Investigators

Period

Funding

Crawford

Rhizobiology training workshop in Yezin, Myanmar

Denton, Gemell, Hartley

2017

$12,000

Crawford

Training extension agents and researchers in evaluation of agricultural innovations in Laos and Cambodia

Denton, Monjardino, Kuehne, Philp

2016

$12,000

ARC

Legumes for Sustainable Agriculture

Kaiser, Trethowan, Mathesius, Colmer, Day, Denton, Adams, Barbour, Smith, Merchant, Bramley, Deaker, Young, Sutton, Bird, Ogbonnaya

2016 - 2021

$14,015,267

ACIAR

Management Practices for Profitable Crop-Livestock Systems in Cambodia and Lao PDR

Denton, Bell, Phimphachanhvongsod, Sengxua, Sihathep, Vang, Seng

2016 - 2020

$1,900,000

GRDC

Managing legume and fertiliser nitrogen for the southern region

Denton, Unkovich, Herridge, Long, Zhou, McDonald, McNeill

2016 - 2018

$329,366

ACIAR

Sustainable management practices for profitable crop livestock systems for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR

Denton, Bell

2014

$85,525

ACIAR

Increasing productivity of legume-based farming systems in the Central Dry Zone of Myanmar

Herridge, Denton, Gaur, Guppy, Birchall, Oo, Yi, Myint

2011 - 2018

$2,500,000

G08/DAAD

Nitrogen fixation efficiency in the Medicago truncatula – Sinorhizobium symbiosis

Denton

2013 - 2014

$13,500

ACIAR

Development of conservation cropping systems in the drylands of northern Iraq

Loss, Siddique, Denton, Saliem, Rijabo, AlTak, Jasm

2013 - 2015

$10,947,484

GRDC

Extension of the Nitrogen Fixation Program

Denton, Ballard

2012 - 2017

$750,000

GRDC

Optimising Nitrogen Fixation in Pulse Systems

Ballard, Denton

2012 - 2017

$350,000

 

 

I teach into courses within the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine and the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. I am a passionate teacher and aim to provide students with a solid basis in agricultural sciences. I hold a graduate certificate in Education (Higher Education).  

Some of the courses that I teach into are:

Agricultural Systems 1A: lecturing and tutorials

Agricultural Systems 1B: coordinating and lecturing, tutorials and practicals.

Crop and Pasture Production: lecturing and practicals.

Livestock Production Science: lecturing and practicals.

Current postdocs

Dr Judy Rathjen

Dr Yi Zhou

Dr Maarten Ryder

Dr Josh Philp

Dr Thang Lai

 

PhD

Anteneh Argaw Alemneh: 2017 - present (principal supervisor)

Chanthy Huot: 2017 - present (principal supervisor)

Myint Zaw: 2017 - present (principal supervisor)

Joel Buyinza: 2017 -  present (co-supervisor)

Onesmus Kitonyo: 2014 - present (principal supervisor)

Daniel Muleta Fana: 2013 - present (principal supervisor)

 

Recent graduates

Thang Lai: 2012- 2016. PhD Dean's commendation

Alaa Hamidawi: 2014-2015. Masters.

 

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2007 - ongoing Member Soil Science Society of America United States
2007 - ongoing Member American Society of Agronomy United States
1996 - ongoing Chair Australian Society for Nitrogen Fixation Australia
1996 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Agronomy Australia

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2012 - ongoing Member Health, Safety and wellbeing The University of Adelaide Australia
2012 - ongoing Member Postgraduate Committee The University of Adelaide Australia

Board Memberships

Date Role Board name Institution name Country
2017 - ongoing Board Member Management Committee of the AW Howard Memorial Trust AW Howard Memorial Trust Incorporated Australia

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2017 - ongoing Associate Editor Crop and Pasture Science Australia
2017 - ongoing Consulting Editor Plant and Soil Netherlands

Consulting/Advisories

Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
2016 - ongoing Steering Committee Chair, ACIAR forage options project Scientific research Australia
2015 - ongoing ARC Legumes for Sustainable Agriculture Advisory panel Scientific research Australia
2011 - 2014 ICARDA advisory board for ACIAR Conservation Agriculture project Scientific research Jordan
Position
Senior Lecturer in Agronomy
Phone
83131098
Fax
8313 7109
Campus
Waite
Building
Waite Building
Room Number
GN 09a
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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