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AWMC Paper Wins Best Article

Friday, 04 November 2016
  • Dr Chirag Mehta with EIANZ Eric Anderson Merit Award

A paper published at The University of Queensland has won the 2016 Eric Anderson Award at the 2016 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand's annual conference.

The Eric Anderson Award recognises the best article published in the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management each year.

UQ’s Dr Chirag Mehta and Professor Damien Batstone, alongside their co-authors Robyn Tucker, Glenn Poad, Rod Davis, Eugene McGahan, Justin Galloway, Michael O’Keefe, and Rachel Trigger, were awarded the prize for their article 'Nutrients in Australian agro-industrial residues: production, characteristics and mapping'.

Dr Mehta, Research Fellow at UQ’s Advanced Water Management Centre, said that the paper is the first systematic source-sink analysis study on mapping nutrients in domestic and agro-industrial waste streams in Australia.

“Due to nutrient leaching, agro-industrial residues have a high potential to cause severe pollution problems, if the residues are not properly managed or treated,” said Dr Chirag Mehta.

“Our paper provides opportunities for future research to tap into these resources and produce valuable products.”

The judging panel - Paul Eagles (Canada), Claire Freeman (New Zealand), Geoff Syme and Bec McIntyre (Australia) - said that the winning article covers an important issue with many diverse ramifications.

“This paper provides an all-important baseline against which better recycling and marketing of key nutrients can be developed,” the panel said. 

 “This is essential baseline research which may provide the impetus for more creative management of nutrients and reveals a lack of post-use nutrient capture by agricultural producers. “

The winning article is chosen through a rigorous selection process by a panel of editorial board members.

The award is sponsored by Taylor & Francis and honours the journal’s first editor.

Dr Chirag Mehta Phone: +61 7 3346 7514 Email: @UQ_chiragmehta