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PROF Robert White


  • Soil and water management, nutrient cycling, viticulture



  • White, R. E. 2009 Understanding Vineyard Soils, Oxford University Press, New York.

    White, R. E. 2006. Principles and Practice of Soil Science. Fourth Edition, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 363 pp (to be translated into Portuguese)
    White, R. E. 2003. Soils for Fine Wines, Oxford University Press, New York, 279 pp.

    • Co-editor, Soil Science Reference volumes 1-4, Earthscan UK, published in 2009

    Senior Editorial Panel Member for Land and Water Australia’s project ‘Healthy Soils for Sustainable Farming’
    • Consultant to the Department of Primary Industries, Victoria on herbicide movement in raised bed cropping
    • Consultant on soil management and organic fertilizers to Rural Funds Management and Great Southern Plantations
    • Consultant to Moonie Valley City Council on water resources
    • Consultant to Earth and Environmental Sciences on soil physical properties relevant to an open waste disposal channel
    • Consultant to the ACIAR Large Project ‘Improving the management of water and nitrogen fertiliser for agricultural profitability, water quality and reduced nitrous oxide emissions in China and Australia’.



Member of

  • IUSS. Vice-Chair, Division 4 2008 -
  • Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology. member 2000 -
  • British Society of Soil Science. retired member 1974 -
  • International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS). member 1974 -
  • American Society of Soil Science. retired member 1988 - 2003


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • MA, University of Oxford 1974
  • DPhil, University of Oxford 1962
  • BAgSc, The University of Queensland 1958

Awards and honors

  • Honorary Life Membership, Australian Society of Soil Science, 2008
  • J A Prescott Medal of Soil Science, Australian Society of Soil Science Inc, 2006
  • Maryborough Walk of Achievers, Maryborough City Council, 2001
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, 1988