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Soil Biology

 

Researchers in the School of Life Sciences are increasing our knowledge of soil organisms and looking for ways to manage the soil environment to enhance crop growth and minimise losses to pests and disease

 

Soil microbial diversity and functioning

Environmental microbiology with emphasis on understanding the structure and functioning of soil microbial communities contributing to C and N cycling in soil, and the catabolism of xenobiotics such as pesticides in the environment

Integrated control of soil borne diseases of onion

Developing alternative and more sustainable ways of reducing the impact of these diseases

Population biology of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in wild and agricultural hosts

Investigating populations of the cosmopolitan plant pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum on wild and agricultural host plants.

Carrot cavity spot

Managing soil conditions and other soil microbiota seem likely to be the route to sustainable management of this disease

Environmental microbiology

Bacteria can be found all around us and it is important that we understand their role in the environment. Researchers at the School of Life Sciences are investigating metabolic pathways, community structures, survival mechanisms and microbial ecology over a wide range of microbes found in the soil and the sea

The ecology of anamorphic entomopathogenic fungi

Investigating the occurrence and structure of natural populations