Dr Nilantha Hulugalle

B. Agr. Sci. (Hons.), PhD
Honorary Lecturer

Junior Scientist (Soil physics), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria, 1983-85

Soil-water management agronomist, IITA/USAID/OAU/Semi-arid food grains research & development project. Burkina Faso, 1985-88

Soil physicist, IITA, Nigeria, 1988-1990

Soil physicist, Humid Forest Zone Station, IITA, Cameroon, 1990-1991

Research Officer (Soil Science), NSW Agriculture, Narrabri, NSW, 1992-1999

Senior Research Scientist, Department of Primary Industries, Narrabri, NSW, 1999-2011

Principal Research Scientist, Department of Primary Industries, Narrabri, NSW, 2011-2015

Research interests

  • Soil & water conservation & management
  • Hydrological processes in irrigated and dryland farming systems
  • Organic matter management, dynamics and carbon sequestration in soil
  • Farming & cropping systems (tillage, rotation and stubble management systems, soil amendments). Experienced in cotton, maize and cassava-based cropping systems, irrigated row crops, and agro-forestry systems.
  • Soil quality (soil structure, sodicity, salinity, interactions between soil biology, physics and chemistry)
  • Wastewater and solid waste reuse
  • Root growth and dynamics
  • Hulugalle, N, Nachimuthu, G, Kirkby, K et al. 2020, 'Sowing maize as a rotation crop in irrigated cotton cropping systems in a Vertosol: effects on soil properties, greenhouse gas emissions, black root rot incidence, cotton lint yield and fibre quality', Soil Research, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 137-150.
  • Nachimuthu, G, Watkins, M, Hulugalle, N et al. 2019, 'Leaching of dissolved organic carbon and nitrogen under cotton farming systems in a Vertisol', Soil Use and Management, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 443-452.
  • Nachimuthu, G, Hulugalle, N, Watkins, M et al 2018, 'Irrigation induced surface carbon flow in a Vertisol under furrow irrigated cotton cropping systems', Soil and Tillage Research, vol. 183, pp. 8-18pp.
  • Nachimuthu, G, Hulugalle, N, Watkins, M et al 2018, 'Carbon gains and losses with irrigation, runoff and drainage in cotton farming systems', National Soil Science Conference, National Library of Australia, Canberra.
  • Hulugalle, N, Hulugalle, N, Biswas, T et al, eds, 2018, Proceedings of the National Soils Conference, Soil Science Society of Australia, Australia.
  • Hulugalle, N, Strong, C, McPherson, K et al 2017, 'Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus stoichiometric ratios under cotton cropping systems in Australian Vertisols: a meta-analysis of seven experiments', Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, vol. 107, no. 3, pp. 357-367.
  • Hulugalle, N, Weaver, T & Finlay, L 2017, 'Fallow soil evaporation in a grey Vertisol under contrasting wheat stubble management practices in cotton cropping systems', Soil and Tillage Research, vol. 165, pp. 41-45.
  • Hulugalle, N, Weaver, T & Finlay, L 2017, 'Soil structure in permanent beds under irrigated cotton-based cropping systems in a Vertisol', Soil and Tillage Research, vol. 165, pp. 107-112pp.
  • Hulugalle, N, Weaver, T, Finlay, L et al 2016, 'Soil properties and carbon stocks in a grey Vertosol irrigated with treated sewage effluent', Soil Research, vol. 54, no. 7, pp. 847-856.
  • Hulugalle, N, McCorkell, B, Heimoana, V et al 2016, 'Soil properties under cotton-corn rotations in australian cotton farms', Journal of Cotton Science, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 294-298.
  • Senapati, N, Hulugalle, N, Smith, P et al 2016, 'Response to Letter to the Editor "Comments on" Modelling soil organic carbon storage with RothC in irrigated Vertisols under cotton cropping systems in the sub-tropics" (Nimai Senapati, Nilantha R. Hulugalle, Pete Smith, Brian R. Wilson, Jagadeesh B. Yelur', Soil and Tillage Research, vol. 155, pp. 535-539.
  • Nachimuthu, G & Hulugalle, N 2016, 'On-farm gains and losses of soil organic carbon in terrestrial hydrological pathways: A review of empirical research', International Soil and Water Conservation Research, vol.4, 245-259
  • Watkins, M, Nachimuthu, G, Hulugalle, N et al 2015, 'Irrigation induced deep drainage losses of soil carbon in a cotton farming system of Australia', 2nd Australian Cotton Research Conference 2015, The Association of Australian Cotton Scientists, Australia, pp. 20pp.
  • Hulugalle, N & Weaver, T 2015, 'Influence of crop rotation and residue management on surface soil shrinkage in a grey Vertosol', 2nd Australian Cotton Research Conference 2015, The Association of Australian Cotton Scientists, Australia, pp. 61, 66pp.
  • Nachimuthu, G, Hulugalle, N, Finlay, L et al 2015, 'Terrestrial carbon losses in cotton farming systems in Australia', 20th Conference of the International Soils Tillage Research Organisation, 20th Conference of the International Soils Tillage Research Organisation, China, pp. 44pp.
  • Hulugalle, N, Weaver, T, Finlay, L et al 2015, 'Long-term changes in soil chemical properties of a Vertosol irrigated with tertiary treated sewage effluent', 2nd Australian Cotton Research Conference 2015, The Association of Australian Cotton Scientists, Australia, pp. 13-14pp.
  • Nachimuthu, G, Hulugalle, N, Finlay, L et al 2015, 'Irrigation induced runoff and carbon balance in cotton farming systems', 2nd Australian Cotton Research Conference 2015, The Association of Australian Cotton Scientists, Australia, pp. 13pp.
  • Weaver, T & Hulugalle, N 2015, 'Chloride mass balance models are an economic method of assessing the effects of cotton farming systems on deep drainage in Vertosols', 2nd Australian Cotton Research Conference 2015, The Association of Australian Cotton Scientists, Australia, pp. 19pp.
  • Rendon, D, Whitehouse, M, Hulugalle, N et al 2015, 'Influence of Crop Management and Environmental Factors on Wolf Spider Assemblages (Araneae: Lycosidae) in an Australian Cotton Cropping System', Environmental Entomology, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 174-185.
  • Hulugalle, N, Broughton, K & Tan, D 2015, 'Fine root production and mortality in irrigated cotton, maize and sorghum sown in vertisols of northern New South Wales, Australia', Soil and Tillage Research, vol. 146, pp. 313-322.
  • Bajgai, Y, Kristiansen, P, Hulugalle, N et al 2015, 'Comparison of organic and conventional managements on yields, nutrients and weeds in a corn-cabbage rotation', Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 132-142.
  • Bajgai, Y, Kristiansen, P, Hulugalle, N et al 2015, 'Soil organic carbon and microbial biomass carbon under organic and conventional vegetable cropping systems in an Alfisol and a Vertisol', Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, vol. 101, no. 1, pp. 1-15.
  • Hulugalle, N, Broughton, K & Tan, D 2015, 'Root growth of irrigated summer crops in cotton-based farming systems sown in Vertosols of northern New South Wales', Crop and Pasture Science, vol. 66, no. 2, pp. 158-167.