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To optimise the quality of recommendations and reports emanating from FAS, To conduct and manage crop nutrition and soil health research.
To carry out advisory functions relating to crop nutrition and sustainable soil management in support of the South African sugar industry.
Potassium dynamics in plant-soil system
Soil testing and the derivation of nutrient recommendations
Mapping of factors controlling soil acidity
Elephant D, Miles N, and Dlungele D (2016) Evaluation of the impact of a range of soil ameliorants on soil chemical and biological properties. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass. 89:170-180.
Elephant D, and Miles N (2016) Prediction of the potassium requirement factor for soils of the South African sugar industry. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass. 89:262-265.
Elephant D, Miles N, and Mthimkhulu SS (2017) Effects of surface-applied lime and gypsum on soil properties and yields of sugarcane ratoon crops. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass. 90:113-117.