Plants, Soil and Ecosystems

Our research is concerned with understanding how plants and complex soil biological communities interact with each other and how they respond to their environment, and the consequences of these responses for natural and managed ecosystems.  

We use a range of experimental techniques, including controlled-environment laboratory studies and field manipulations, to explore how plants and algae respond to environmental stresses such as drought, temperature and toxic environments, and to understand the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms by which plants and soil communities interact to impact ecosystem processes and feedbacks to climate change.  

The ultimate goal of our research is to use this knowledge to address major environmental challenges such as sustainable agriculture, food security, climate mitigation, and biodiversity conservation.

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