Soil and soil biology

soilsInvestigating how agriculture influences the physical and biological properties of soil and the knock-on effect on environment for crop produce

Working with farming groups to develop novel interventions to increase soil quality

Understanding how beneficial soil microbes can be used as an alternative to inorganic fertilisers

Soil and soil biology research staff
  • Dr Ellie Harrison

    Dr Ellie Harrison

    • Evolutionary and ecological feedbacks within microbial communities
    • Mobile genetic elements and horizontal gene transfer
    • The impact of rapid evolution on soil ecosystems and plant health

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  • Professor Tim Daniell

    Professor Tim Daniell

    • Arbuscular mycorrhizal ecology
    • Microbial nitrogen cycling
    • Free-living nematode dynamics

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  • Dr Stephen Rolfe

    Dr Stephen Rolfe

    • Imaging plant function
    • The molecular biology of plant pathogen and symbiotic interactions
    • Plant responses to abiotic stress

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  • Professor David Read

    Professor David Read

    • Mobilisation of nutrients by ectomycorrhizal fungi
    • Effects of mycorrhizas on interspecific competition in plants
    • Effect of nitrogen deposition on soil processes and mycorrhizas

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  • Dr Donatella Zona

    Dr Donatella Zona

    • Functioning of a variety of natural and managed ecosystems.
    • Patterns and controls on non-CO2 gasses such as O3, CH4, N2O fluxes.
    • Impact of climate change on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and greenhouse gas emission in the Arctic.
    • Mechanisms allowing tundra ecosystems to adjust or avoid environmental stress.

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  • Professor Jonathan Leake

    Professor Jonathan Leake

    • Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling by mycorrhizas
    • Nitrogen pollution effects on grassland soils and vegetation
    • Functional interactions between symbiotic fungi and other organisms

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  • Dr Gareth Phoenix

    Dr Gareth Phoenix

    • Impacts of climate change on Arctic plants and ecosystems
    • Plant nutrient acquisition and impacts on carbon and nutrient cycling
    • Nitrogen deposition impacts on ecosystem structure and function

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  • Professor Duncan Cameron

    Professor Duncan Cameron

    • Professor and Royal Society University Research Fellow
    • Mircrobes in sustainable agro-ecosystems
    • Soils and beneficial microbes
    • Biological chemistry

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