Shahla Hosseini Bai

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Shahla Hosseini Bai


Teaching areas

  • Soil-plant interaction
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Agroforestry
  • Climate change
  • Food and crop quality

Research areas

  • soil and plant interactions in different systems
  • mechanisms of carbon and nitrogen cycling
  • sustainable land management practices
  • crop nutrition and food chemistry
  • hyperspectral imaging


Dr Shahla Hosseini Bai is a Research Fellow at University of the Sunshine Coast. She is passionate about soil conservation and promotes sustainable land management practices on fragile soils against climate change and human disturbance both in Australia and Pacific.

Dr Hosseini Bai's interests encompasses on soil and plant interactions in diverse ecosystems including forestry, agroforestry, revegetation and agriculture. Her current research focuses on soil response to biochar application, drought and alternative weed control methods. She is also currently exploring to develop a rapid assessment of soil, plant and crop nutrient contents using hyperspectral imaging.

Current research projects

  • Effects of biochar application on soil fertility and plant productivity in horticulture, agriculture and agroforestry.
  • Effects of drought on nitrogen cycling.
  • Rapid assessment of nutrients in soil, leaf and crop using hyperspectral imaging.
  • Effects of agroforestry systems on soil nutrient availability in Papua New Guinea.
  • Effects of herbicides on soil bio-chemical properties.

Selected projects

  1. Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee – Alternative weed control management. 2016-2019 (Bai and Ogbourne).
  2. Australia and Pacific Science Foundation – Synthetic seed technology for propagating and distributing canarium nut trees in Papua New Guinea. 2016-2019 (Trueman, Wallace, Bai, Omot).
  3. Griffith University and James Cook University Collaborative Grant – Tree response to adaptive management. 2013-2014 (Bai, Blumfield, Reverchon, Cernusak).
  4.  Australia China Science and Research Fund – Collaboration with East China Normal University to boost subtropical planted forests carbon stock and timber. 2013-2014 (Wallace, Xu, Bai, Xu).
  5. Seed Funding – University of the Sunshine Coast – Effects of biochar application on soil fertility and crop productivity. 2012-2015 (Bai, Xu, Xu, Wallace, Blumfield, Van Zwieten).
  6.  New Researcher Grant, Griffith University – A novel carbon farming system to improve soil health and crop yield. 2013-2014 (Xu, Bai, Xu, Wallace).
  7.  Seed Funding – University of the Sunshine Coast – Boost soil C & N with a novel agro-system. University of the Sunshine Coast. 2012-2015 (Xu, Bai,  Xu, Wallace).
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