Gustavo Boitt – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Soil Science
Gustavo Boitt is currently studying for his PhD in the field of Soil Science at Lincoln University. Professor Leo Condron, Dr. Amanda Black and Dr. Steve Wakelin are supervising this research.
“I was born and bred in Santa Catarina, Brazil where I studied for my bachelor (Agronomy) and master in soil science at Santa Catarina State University. During my master`s degree I studied phosphorus adsorption, P distribution and soil mineralogy of Oxisols (highly weathered soils) under the supervision of Professor Luciano Gatiboni. During that time, I knew that the master`s would be only a transition for the PhD. I have always been striked by the quality and contribution of Prof. Leo Condron`s work for the scientific community regarding phosphorus in the environment. When contacted in 2013, Prof. Condron promptly agreed to supervise the PhD and that is why I am here.
The PhD project: “Role and function of organic and microbial phosphorus in the sustainable management of intensive agroecosystems” is funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Education, MEC/CAPES. Phosphorus is a fundamental element for living organisms and yet, is a finite resource. Understanding the biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus, and the contribution of the soil microorganisms to plant nutrition, associated with the opportunities of their management aiming the amendments in plant productivity are crucial factors for improving its efficiency of utilization. The objective of this research is to investigate the impact of different agricultural land management strategies and amendments on the quantities and nature of organic phosphorus, together with the effects on the dynamics of microbial biomass phosphorus.
There is a number of other scientists from other universities and research institutions contributing to improving the quality of this research. My main research interests are to investigate the role of biological processes in the dynamics and nature of phosphorus in agricultural systems targeting a more sustainable and efficient utilization of this nutrient.”