Plant Nutrition: Soybean and Nickel

Distribution and translocation of foliar applied nickel in Soybean 

Nickel (Ni), a component of urease and hydrogenase, was the last micronutrient to be recognised as an essential element for plants. Nickel application can provide yield benefits in soybean production on low Ni soil. It is important that any application of Ni results are in safe levels of this element in Soybean products for human health consumption. The processes whereby foliar-applied Ni moves across the leaf surface and is translocated throughout the plant are not well understood. We aim to use X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM) to examine cross sections of hydrated leaves and investigate the distribution and translocation of foliar-applied Ni.


Jessica is a an agronomist, graduated from the Federal University of Mato Grosso,  with a Master's degree from the University of Sao Paulo, focusing on plant mineral nutrition, emphasising the nickel in soybean. I was a research fellow in Brazil, working with corn and coffee, with the objective of evaluating the efficiency of important micronutrients such as selenium and bioactivators. I completed an internship in the commercial field, giving technical assistance to farms and indicating products. During graduation I was president of the junior company of the agronomy course for 2 years, where we assisted small producers.


At The University of Queensland, Jessica has relationships with the SMI Center for Mined Land Rehabilitation (CMLR) and has collaborated with researchers such as Dr. Antony van der Ent and Peter Kopittke from the UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. She also collaborates with Adelaide University researcher Hugh Harris. It is currently funded by FAPESP, having ties with the University of São Paulo, which its advisor in Brazil is Professor Dr. Jose Lavres Junior.


Dr Antony van der Ent