top of page

Publications and media 

One of the FOCUS project outputs includes the publication of quality scientific papers in reputable journals. Find below the links to our publications, in addition to conference presentations, videos, media reports and newsletters. 

Graphical abstract

Graphical abstract 

A comprehensive biophysical literature review was written to highlight the issues of saline intrusion in the Mekong River Delta and give context for the project. This review was published in Agricultural Systems and is open access. 


Kaveney, Barrett-Lennard, Chau Minh, Dang Duy, Nguyen Thi, Kristiansen, Orgill, Stewart-Koster & Condon. 2023. Inland dry season saline intrusion in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta is driving the identification and implementation of alternative crops to rice. Agricultural Systems. 207, 103632

Inland dry season saline intrusion in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta is driving the identification and implementation of alternative crops to rice - ScienceDirect


Conference presentations and abstracts 

The FOCUS project regularly attends reputable conferences across a number of countries including Australia, Vietnam and Korea to increase research impact and capacity build early career team members. Below are some examples of presentations recently given at a range of conferences. Presentations, abstracts or posters are linked below. 

GSS2023 Korea
Global Soil Security Conference, Seoul Korea 2023

'Improved crop production under conditions of drought and seawater intrusion by integrated rice-upland crops rotation and soil management'

Oral presentation


Global Soil Security Conference, Seoul Korea 2023

'Soil moisture sensor combined with straw mulching improves water use efficiency and yield of an upland crop under conditions of drought and saline water intrusion in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta' 

Oral presentation 

ChameleonSoils conference

The Australian National Soils Conference, Darwin Australia 2023

'Using Chameleon soil moisture sensors to develop irrigation schedules for improving water use efficiency without yield compromise'

Oral presentation and abstract

Soils conference farmer training

The Australian National Soils Conference, Darwin Australia 2023

Tropag poster

TropAg Conference, Brisbane Australia 2022

Can Tho river conference

International Conference on Geography and Geoinformatics for Sustainable Development, Can Tho 2023

'Creating farmer participatory monitoring of on-farm soil saline intrusion in the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam'

Oral presentation and abstract

'Quinoa and cowpea provide alternative crop options for the Vietnamese Mekong Delta'

Poster presentation 

'Temporal assessment of soil salinity in coastal regions of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta: A case study of Soc Trang Province, Viet Nam from 2019 to 2022'

Oral Presentation

Media publications 

SYD airport Crawford Fund
Recently, 6 CTU researchers from the soil and crop management team visited Australia for 10 days thanks to funding from the Crawford Fund and Select Carbon. It was a wonderful capacity building opportunity allowing for plenty of networking, collaboration and relationship building. Watch participants reviews here. 
Crawford fund training September 2023 - YouTube
The FOCUS project recently featured on a famous Vietnamese agricultural TV show VTC16 that was highlighting the partnerships between ACIAR, Australia and Vietnam. Well done to the CTU team for presenting the FOCUS research so wonderfully. Keep an eye out some of our greenhouse experiments in the footage!
Hiệu quả mô hình canh tác nông nghiệp thích ứng với biến đổi khí hậu | VTC16 - YouTube
Drought tolerant and salinity resistant .png
ACIAR and Australian Embassy officials recently visited Can Tho University to see the work of the FOCUS project in a celebration of the 30th anniversary of ACIAR and Vietnam's collaboration. Chameleon soil moisture sensors, alternative crops and mulching were all displayed.
Drought-tolerant and salinity-resistant agriculture model in the Mekong Delta (
The FOCUS project was featured in the 2023 edition of ACIAR in Vietnam newsletter (pg 28-29) where water savings are being made by the use of Chameleon soil moisture sensors in field trials. 

ACIARVN_Newsletter_Jan23_ENG_FINAL_web.pdf (
ACIAR newsletter VN
Khoi ACIAR newsletter
Vietnamese FOCUS project lead, Dr Chau Minh Khoi featured in the 2023 edition of ACIAR in Vietnam newsletter (pg. 36-37) where he discusses his involvement in international research. FOCUS project farmer Mr. Sol was also featured (pg. 38). Mr. Sol talks about his desire to grow upland crops and that red beet grown as part of the FOCUS field trials is 10x more profitable than rice. 

ACIARVN_Newsletter_Jan23_ENG_FINAL_web.pdf (

Salt- The Untold Story. This incredible video was produced by a talented member of the FOCUS team Anh Minh Nguyen. It tells the story of saline intrusion from a different perspective. 

Salt - The Untold Story - AM Project - YouTube

Salt the untold story
Soil constraint

 A Vietnamese news outlet reported on the success of the soils constraints training that occurred in May 2023. 

Nông dân tự làm 'nhà khoa học' phân tích đất nông nghiệp - Tin tức - Dân Việt (

Gender in FOCUS. This wonderful video explores how climate change and saline intrusion is impacting women in the Mekong River Delta. Produced by Anh Minh Nguyen, AM project. 


Gender Fieldtrip FOCUS 05152023 - YouTube

gender and climate
CSU article

Due to COVID restrictions, glasshouse trials were conducted in Australia to simulate field conditions in the Mekong River Delta. This glasshouse trial was exploring if quinoa, cowpea and soybean would be suitable alternative crop options. 

Charles Sturt glasshouse recreates Vietnam rice fields producing foods that can be grown globally - CSU News

The glasshouse trial that was conducted in Australia attracted media attention with a range of local and national media outlets. 

Wagga glasshouse transformed into Vietnamese rice field for quinua, cowpea study | The Daily Advertiser | Wagga Wagga, NSW

DA glasshouse trial
7news Wagga glasshouse

Media for the glasshouse trial also included an interview with 7news Riverina who were interested in sustainable alternative crops to rice to be grown in the Mekong River Delta.

'Salty land turns productive in the Mekong' is an ACIAR blog item written about the FOCUS project. 

Salty land turns productive in the Mekong | ACIAR

ACIAR blog
bottom of page