Dr Pichu Rengasamy

Pichu Rengasamy
Senior Research Fellow
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

Dr Rengasamy is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. He is involved in research activities related to soil salinity, soil sodicity and dispersivity, soil processes affecting crop production in salt-affected soils, abiotic stress in alkaline soils, subsoil constraints and the role of exchangeable cations in soil structural stability.

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Dr Pichu Rengasamy

Dr Rengasamy is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. He is involved in research activities related to soil salinity, soil sodicity and dispersivity, soil processes affecting crop production in salt-affected soils, abiotic stress in alkaline soils, subsoil constraints and the role of exchangeable cations in soil structural stability.

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2015 Senior Research Fellow The University of Adelaide

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2014 Fellowship Soil Science Australia Fellowship Soil Science Australia Australia

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
Indian Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR), New Delhi India Ph.D.

Postgraduate Training

Date Title Institution Country
M.Sc., Ph.D. Indian Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR), New Delhi India

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2017 McDonald, G., Tavakkoli, E., Cozzolino, D., Banas, K., Derrien, M., & Rengasamy, P. (2017). A survey of total and dissolved organic carbon in alkaline soils of southern Australia. Soil Research, 55(7), 617-629.
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2016 Fraser, M., Churchman, G., Chittleborough, D., & Rengasamy, P. (2016). Effect of plant growth on the occurrence and stability of palygorskite, sepiolite and saponite in salt-affected soils on limestone in South Australia. Applied Clay Science, 124-125, 183-196.
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2016 Rengasamy, P., Tavakkoli, E., & McDonald, G. (2016). Exchangeable cations and clay dispersion: net dispersive charge, a new concept for dispersive soil. European Journal of Soil Science, 67(5), 659-665.
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2016 Rengasamy, P. (2016). Soil salinization. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science, OnlinePubl, 1-33.
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2016 Marchuk, S., Churchman, J., & Rengasamy, P. (2016). Possible effects of irrigation with wastewater on the clay mineralogy of some Australian clayey soils: Laboratory study. Soil Research, 54(7), 857-868.
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2016 Rengasamy, P. (2016). Soil chemistry factors confounding crop salinity tolerance - A review. Agronomy, 6(4), 53-1-53-11.
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2015 Tavakkoli, E., Rengasamy, P., Smith, E., & Mcdonald, G. (2015). The effect of cation-anion interactions on soil pH and solubility of organic carbon. European Journal of Soil Science, 66(6), 1054-1062.
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2014 Brautigan, D. J., Rengasamy, P., & Chittleborough, D. J. (2014). Amelioration of alkaline phytotoxicity by lowering soil pH. Crop and Pasture Science, 65(12), 1278-1287.
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2014 Setia, R., Rengasamy, P., & Marschner, P. (2014). Effect of mono- and divalent cations on sorption of water-extractable organic carbon and microbial activity. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 50(5), 727-734.
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2013 Marchuk, A., Rengasamy, P., & McNeill, A. (2013). Influence of organic matter, clay mineralogy, and pH on the effects of CROSS on soil structure is related to the zeta potential of the dispersed clay. Soil Research, 51(1), 34-40.
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2013 Setia, R., Rengasamy, P., & Marschner, P. (2013). Effect of exchangeable cation concentration on sorption and desorption of dissolved organic carbon in saline soils. Science of the Total Environment, 465, 226-232.
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2012 Brautigan, D., Rengasamy, P., & Chittleborough, D. (2012). Aluminium speciation and phytotoxicity in alkaline soils. Plant and Soil, 360(1-2), 187-196.
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2012 Marchuk, A., & Rengasamy, P. (2012). Threshold electrolyte concentration and dispersive potential in relation to CROSS in dispersive soils. Soil Research, 50(6), 473-481.
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2012 Tavakkoli, E., Fatehi, F., Rengasamy, P., & McDonald, G. (2012). A comparison of hydroponic and soil-based screening methods to identify salt tolerance in the field in barley. Journal of Experimental Botany, 63(10), 3853-3868.
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2012 Marchuk, A., Rengasamy, P., McNeill, A., & Kumar, A. (2012). Nature of the clay-cation bond affects soil structure as verified by X-ray computed tomography. Soil Research, 50(8), 638-644.
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2012 Tavakkoli, E., Paull, J., Rengasamy, P., & McDonald, G. (2012). Comparing genotypic variation in faba bean (Vicia faba L.) in response to salinity in hydroponic and field experiments. Field Crops Research, 127, 99-108.
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2011 Marchuk, A., & Rengasamy, P. (2011). Clay behaviour in suspension is related to the ionicity of clay-cation bonds. Applied Clay Science, 53(4), 754-759.
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2011 Rengasamy, P., & Marchuk, A. (2011). Cation ratio of soil structural stability (CROSS). Soil Research, 49(3), 280-285.
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2011 Tavakkoli, E., Fatehi, F., Coventry, S., Rengasamy, P., & McDonald, G. (2011). Additive effects of Na⁺ and Cl⁻ ions on barley growth under salinity stress. Journal of Experimental Botany, 62(6), 2189-2203.
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2010 Tavakkoli, E., Rengasamy, P., & McDonald, G. (2010). High concentrations of Na⁺ and Cl⁻ ions in soil solution have simultaneous detrimental effects on growth of faba bean under salinity stress. Journal of Experimental Botany, 61(15), 4449-4459.
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2010 Tavakkoli, E., Rengasamy, P., & McDonald, G. (2010). The response of barley to salinity stress differs between hydroponics and soil systems. Functional Plant Biology, 37(7), 621-633.
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2010 Rengasamy, P. (2010). Soil processes affecting crop production in salt-affected soils. Functional Plant Biology, 37(7), 613-620.
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2010 Rengasamy, P. (2010). Osmotic and ionic effects of various electrolytes on the growth of wheat. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 48(2), 120-124.
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2010 Elgharably, A., Marschner, P., & Rengasamy, P. (2010). Wheat growth in a saline sandy loam soil as affected by N form and application rate. Plant and Soil, 328(1-2), 303-312.
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2008 Rengasamy, P. (2008). Salinity in the landscape: A growing problem in Australia. Geotimes, 53(3), 34-39.
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2006 Rengasamy, P. (2006). World salinization with emphasis on Australia. Journal of Experimental Botany, 57(5), 1017-1023.
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2006 Rengasamy, P. (2006). Dryland salinity: Soil processes and management. Annals of Arid Zone, 45(3-4), 425-435.
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2004 Harris, M., & Rengasamy, P. (2004). Treatment of a potential soil capping for open-cut mines (Part 1): Influence of prior management on response to a phyto-organic amendment. Environmental Geology, 46(1), 15-21.
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2004 Harris, M., & Rengasamy, P. (2004). Sodium affected subsoils, gypsum, and green-manure: Inter-actions and implications for amelioration of toxic red mud wastes. Environmental Geology, 45(8), 1118-1130.
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2003 Rengasamy, P., Chittleborough, D., & Helyar, K. (2003). Root-zone constraints and plant-based solutions for dryland salinity. Plant and Soil, 257(2), 249-260.
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2003 Ma, G., Rengasamy, P., & Rathjen, A. (2003). Phytotoxicity of aluminium to wheat plants in high-pH solutions. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 43(5), 497-501.
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2002 Surapaneni, A., Olsson, K., Burrow, D., Beecher, H., Ham, G., Stevens, R., . . . Rengasamy, P. (2002). Tatura Sodicity Conference: knowledge gaps in sodicity research for major agricultural industries. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 42(3), 379-387.
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2002 Rengasamy, P. (2002). Transient salinity and subsoil constraints to dryland farming in Australian sodic soils: an overview. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 42(3), 351-361.
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2002 Greene, R., Eggleton, R., & Rengasamy, P. (2002). Relationships between clay mineralogy and the hardsetting properties of soils in the Carnarvon horticultural district of Western Australia. Applied Clay Science, 20(4-5), 211-223.
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2001 Valzano, F., Greene, R., Murphy, B., Rengasamy, P., & Jarwal, S. (2001). Effects of gypsum and stubble retention on the chemical and physical properties of a sodic grey Vertosol in western Victoria. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 39(6), 1333-1347.
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1997 Tisdall, J., Smith, S., & Rengasamy, P. (1997). Aggregation of soil by fungal hyphae. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 35(1), 55-60.
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1997 Chorom, M., & Rengasamy, P. (1997). Carbonate chemistry, pH, and physical properties of an alkaline sodic soil as affected by various amendments. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 35, 149-161.
1996 Rengasamy, P., McLeod, A., & Ragusa, S. (1996). Effects of dispersible soil clay and algae on seepage prevention from small dams. Agricultural Water Management, 29(2), 117-127.
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1996 Barzegar, A., Oades, J., & Rengasamy, P. (1996). Soil structure degradation and mellowing of compacted soils by saline-sodic solutions. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 60(2), 583-588.
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1995 Chorom, M., & Rengasamy, P. (1995). Dispersion and zeta potential of pure clays as related to net particle charge under varying pH, electrolyte concentration and cation type. European Journal of Soil Science, 46(4), 657-665.
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1995 Barzegar, A., Rengasamy, P., & Oades, J. (1995). Effects of clay type and rate of wetting on the mellowing of compacted soils. Geoderma, 68(1), 39-49.
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1995 Barzegar, A., Oades, J., Rengasamy, P., & Murray, R. (1995). Tensile strength of dry, remoulded soils as affected by properties of the clay fraction. Geoderma, 65(1), 93-108.
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Books

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2006 Rengasamy, P. (2006). Soil salinity and sodicity. In Daryl Stevens (Ed.), Growing crops with reclaimed wastewater (pp. 125-138). Collingwood, Vic: CSIRO Publishing.
2002 Rengasamy, P. (2002). Processes, characteristics and classification of sodic soils. In Encyclopedia of Soil Science (pp. 1221-1223). New York: Marcel Dekker Inc.
2002 Rengasamy, P. (2002). Sodic Soils. In Encyclopedia of Soil Science (pp. 1210-1212). New York: Marcel Dekker Inc.
1998 Sumner, M., Rengasamy, P., & Naidu, R. (1998). Sodic soils: a reappraisal. In Sodic soils: distribution, properties, management, and environmental consequences, 1998 (pp. 3-17). Oxford University Press.
1998 Rengasamy, P., & Sumner, M. (1998). Processes involved in sodic behavior. In Sodic soils: distribution, properties, management, and environmental consequences, 1998 (pp. 35-50). Oxford University Press.
1997 Rengasamy, P. (1997). Sodic soils. In Methods for assessment of soil degradation, 1997 (pp. 265-277). CRC Press.
1995 Rengasamy, P., & Olsson, K. (1995). Irrigation and sodicity: a review. In Australian sodic soils: distribution, properties and management, 1995 (pp. 195-204). CSIRO Publications.
1995 Olsson, K., Cockroft, B., & Rengasamy, P. (1995). Improving and managing subsoil structure for high productivity from temperate crops on beds. In Subsoil Management Techniques, 1995 (pp. 35-65). CRC Press.
1995 Naidu, R., Rengasamy, P., De Lacy, N., & Zarcinas, B. (1995). Soil solution composition of some sodic soils. In Australian sodic soils: distribution, properties and management, 1995 (pp. 155-162). CSIRO Publications.
1995 Naidu, R., & Rengasamy, P. (1995). Ion interactions and constraints to plant nutrition in Australian sodic soils. In Australian sodic soils: distribution, properties and management, 1995 (pp. 127-138). CSIRO Publications.

Conference Papers

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The Dynamics of Potassium in Some Australian Soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Serhiy Marchuk
2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Effect of cations on soil structural stability of salt-affected soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Alla Marchuk
2007 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Limitations to yield in saline-sodic soils: Quantification of the osmotic and ionic regulations that affect the growth of crops under salinity stress Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ehsan Tavakkoli
2007 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Chemistry, Phytotoxicity and Remediation of Alkaline soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr David Brautigan
2006 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Nutrient Availability and Wheat Growth as Affected by Plant Residues and Inorganic Fertilizers in Saline Soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ahmed Elgharably
2006 - 2011 Co-Supervisor The Influence of Soil Genesis, Type and Composition on Constraints to Plant Growth in Salt-Affected Soils in Upper South East South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Melissa Fraser
2002 - 2005 Co-Supervisor Genetics and Agronomy of Transient Salinity In Triticum durum and T. aestivum Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr David Cooper
Position
Senior Research Fellow
Phone
83137418
Fax
8313 6511
Campus
Waite - CSIRO
Building
Prescott Building, floor 3
Room Number
3 09
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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