Diogenes (Dio) Antille is a Senior Research Scientist of Soil Physics with CSIRO Agriculture and Food and is based in Canberra, Australia. He has expertise in soil, water and nutrient management and farming systems research. His research interests include conservation agriculture and fertiliser use efficiency.
Dio’s contribution to the Soil management in Pacific Islands project involved leading the component of the project that quantified nutrient cycling in island agricultural and taro production systems. Field trials were undertaken in Samoa to highlight the importance of budgeting for soil fertility management and increasing productivity using double-cropping (sustainable intensification). Dio’s work has increased awareness of mining the soils nutrients through agriculture and has promoted the use of rapid soil tests for assessing soil fertility. This work aims to make agriculture more sustainable and productive through the improved understanding and management of soil fertility.