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  What soil factors lead to high reactive nitrogen oxide emissions in agricultural landscapes?
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr R Mushinski, Prof G Bending
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Project Highlights. Agriculture is a major source of nitrogen gases, which impact climate. You will assess how common agricultural practices influence soil emissions of an understudied group of nitrogen trace gases (NOz) along a gradient of soil carbon and nitrogen.
  The Impact of Management on Grassland and Cropland Soil Organic Carbon
  Dr K Byrne
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Carbon (C) sequestration associated with pastures and improved grassland management could provide a mitigation option without impacting on agricultural production.
  Mathematical modelling of poro-mechanics of soil
  Research Group: Bioengineering
  Prof T. Roose
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisor. Tiina Roose. Co-supervisor William Powrie. Project description. Soil is one of the most complex and important self-assembling organo-mineral composites in the world.
  Biological nitrogen fixation in forest soils under elevated CO2: response of a key soil nutrient to global change
  Dr S Ullah, Dr A R MacKenzie
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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We are looking for an enthusiastic, well-qualified, and self-motivated candidate to join our team as a PhD student in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) at the University of Birmingham.
  Bridging the gap between environment and health – exposure assessment of potentially harmful agents in soil
  Dr P Hooda
Applications accepted all year round

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Our current understanding of soil exposure in the UK population is extremely limited. The current risk assessment paradigm makes large assumptions based on very uncertain data to estimate direct exposures via soil ingestion or dust inhalation.
  What are the effects of exotic tree introduction in British forests on soil nitrogen cycle processes?
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr R Mushinski, Prof G Bending
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Project Highlights. Exotic tree species are projected to become commonplace in Britain’s forests throughout the next century. You will assess whether these exotic tree species influence a significant change in the soil microbiome as well as production of nitrogenous gases.
  Microbial biogeochemistry in agricultural landscapes: An investigation of reactive nitrogen oxide fluxes from soil
  Dr R Mushinski, Prof G Bending
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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A range of pollutant gases, and especially nitrogen (N) compounds (N2O, NO, NO2, etc.) are emitted to the atmosphere from agricultural activities.1 These gases are extremely important for a myriad of reason including their contribution to climate change, urban air pollution, and N-deposition.
  Rebuilding soil quality and crop performance in arable farming by herbal leys
  Prof J Leake
Applications accepted all year round

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Intensively cultivated arable soils that have been used to grow annual crops for decades often suffer from low organic matter content and weak structure.
  PhD in cellular and structural biology - Elucidating infection at the plant-microbe interphase to define targets for crop breeding
  Dr C Voigt
Applications accepted all year round

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Achieving food security is one of the most important global challenges. Crop production and yield has been increasingly threatened by plant pathogens in a rapidly changing environment.
  Modelling soil dewatering and recharge for cost-effective and climate resilient infrastructure
  Research Group: Bioengineering
  Prof T. Roose
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisor. Tiina Roose. Co-supervisor William Powrie. Project description. Soil is one of the most complex and important self-assembling organo-mineral composites in the world.
  “Talking” trees and the ecology of underground fungal super-highways
  Prof D Johnson
Applications accepted all year round

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Introduction. Recent exciting discoveries have shown that plants respond to herbivore-induced signals from neighbours via underground fungal networks1-3.
  Dynamic soil-pile interaction for emerging large-diameter monopiles supporting offshore wind turbines (ENG1304)
  Dr L Prendergast
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Are you interested in structural dynamics, soil-structure interaction and mathematical modelling? Offshore wind turbines are dynamically sensitive systems, with the potential for resonance between the rotational frequencies of the blades, the frequency of waves in the ocean and the natural frequency of the structure.
  PhD in plant soil interactions
  Prof T J Daniell
Applications accepted all year round

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Modern agriculture relies on high inputs of reactive nitrogen fertiliser produced by the Haber-Bosch process.
  Monitoring chemical dynamics in soil and water with advanced microfluidic sensors
  Research Group: Mechatronics Engineering
  Dr X. Niu
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisor. Dr. Xize Niu. Co-supervisor Dr. Adrian Nightingale and Prof. Tiina Roose. Project description. Excess nitrogen and phosphorous leaching from agricultural and horticultural lands into waterways is a long-standing challenge for agricultural sustainability and environmental protection.
  Experiments of rain droplet penetration of porous media using laser diagnostics
  Research Group: Bioengineering
  Prof T. Roose
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisor. Tiina Roose. Co-supervisor Bharath Ganapatrhrisubramani. Project description. Soil is one of the most complex self assembling organo-mineral composites in the world.
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