The Department of Plant Production and Soil Science was created in 1993 as a result of the merging of the Department of Plant Production and the Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. The Department of Plant Production, in turn, resulted from a merger in 1974 of the disciplines of Agronomy and Biometry with Pasture Science. In 1991 the Department of Horticulture also merged with the Department of Plant Production. The three foundation Departments of the current Department of Plant Production and Soil Science can trace their roots to the early twentieth century (Agricultural Chemistry (1917), Agronomy (1919), and Horticulture (1921)). The Department therefore covers a range of disciplines and is served by at least five learned societies. The Department is known for applied research on many field, pasture and horticultural crops, its agricultural water research, its expertise in weed science, and its focus on rehabilitation and utilisation of waste products in agriculture amongst others.
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