Promoting microbial nitrogen cycling to improve crop nitrogen availability

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Animal and Plant Sciences


Current levels of nitrogen fertilizer application to crops are unsustainable because of rising energy costs and environmental damage. Plant root exudates can alter the activity of N cycling soil microbes and this could provide a route to more efficient N-fertilisation. However, the mechanisms governing root exudate activity remain obscure. The aim here is to use Arabidopsis and crop mutants to understand how plants manipulate microbial N cycling. Plant N preference is affected by a number of factors including carbon status. Genetically defined mutants with altered numbers of stomata will allow the dissection of mechanisms.


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BB/M011151/1 30/09/2015 29/09/2023
2109783 Studentship BB/M011151/1 30/09/2018 31/12/2022 Luke Fountain