PROF Deli Chen

PROF Deli Chen


  • Agricultural pollution (nitrate leaching to ground water)
  • Agricultural waste management (manure amendment with lignite/modified black coal)
  • Emissions from land systems, especially NH3 and N2O emissions from land sources
  • Greenhouse gas (N2O and CH4)
  • Nitrogen footprint and sustainable indices
  • Soil nitrogen chemistry
  • Water and nutrient dynamics in soil-plant systems



  • Professor Deli Chen is the discipline leader in the Soil and the Environment Research Group, School of Agriculture and Food, The University of Melbourne, and Director of the Australia China Joint Research Centre, Healthy Soils for Sustainable Food Production and Environmental Quality. He has expertise in water and nutrient dynamics in plant-soil systems, GIS based agroecosystem modelling and decision support systems for optimal irrigation and fertilizer management, and the measures, models and mitigates greenhouse gas emissions from land sources, enhanced efficiency N fertilizers, agricultural ‘big data’ and sustainable indices.

    Professor Chen has authored and co-authored over 280 peer-reviewed publications. He was awarded the JA Prescott Medal for excellence and achievement in the field of soil science by Soil Science Australia in 2012, a Fellow of Soil Science Society of America in 2015, a Fellow of Soil Science Australia in 2015 and a Fellow of American Society of Agronomy in 2017. He has active international collaboration with scientists in China, the US and Europe, and has also worked closely with industry including Incitec-Pivot Fertilisers and other fertiliser producers.


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1996
  • MSc, Chinese Academy of Sciences - The Institute of Soil Science 1985
  • BSc(Hons), Nanjing Agricultural University 1982


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