About the Project
This project will characterise soil communities and N cycling rates in a long term grass trial run at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee where a variety of grass species known to promote differing levels of N2O production from soils are grown in both monoculture and mixes. We will use a range of cutting edge next generation sequencing and bioinformatics approaches to characterise the soil microbiome while also taking detailed soil functional measures. N cycling rates will be determined using a range of 15N stable isotope labelling methods which allows the quantification of N2O and N2 produced by denitrification. Multivariate statistics will be used to partition the relative effects of the microbial community and environmental factors on N cycling. Controlled environment experiments will be used to determine whether plant driven community selection by a range of grasses and grass mixes is deterministically or neutrally controlled and the implications on the rates and products of N cycling.
Funding information and application procedures:
This 4 year PhD project is part of a competition funded by EASTBIO BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/how-apply-0 .
EASTBIO Application and Reference Forms can be downloaded via http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/how-apply-0
Please send your completed EASTBIO Application Form along with a copy of your academic transcripts to RDSVS.PGR.Admin@ed.ac.uk
You should also ensure that two references have been send to RDSVS.PGR.Admin@ed.ac.uk by the deadline using the EASTBIO Reference Form.
Please refer to UKRI (View Website ing-people-and-skills/find-studentships-and-doctoral-training/get-a-studentship-to-fund-your-doctorate/) and Annex B of the UKRI Training Grant Terms and Conditions for full eligibility criteria (View Website).
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