Academic champions’ success in RIF Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme

The Research Initiatives Fund (RIF) Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme announced funding for the acquisition of a state-of-the-art Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (IRMS) by TrACEES academic champions Prof. Deli Chen (lead applicant), Prof. Spas Kolev, Dr Tony Weatherly and Dr Sam Poynter. The instrument (worth over $300K) will be housed at the Soils Node of the TrACEES Platform and will provide a cornerstone to advance stable isotope analysis capabilities across multiple research projects and external collaborations.

The IRMS measures the abundance of the non-radioactive isotopes of N, C, S, H and O with high precision, allowing researchers to quantify the cycling of these major elements in environmental systems. The instrument provides versatility to analyse multiple isotope abundances from individual samples in solid, liquid or gas phases with high throughputs. Applications of this instrument include optimising agricultural productivity to improve environmental quality, monitoring plant adaptations to elevated atmospheric greenhouse gas levels, understanding animal nutritional physiology and observing forest ecosystem function.

This is a remarkable achievement and acknowledgment of the development that the Soils Node of the TrACEES Platform have established as an interdisciplinary research support facility since the beginning of 2016, as well as academic champions’ collaborations with many other researchers within the University and around Australia.

Congratulations again to their success!