About the Project
The overall aim of this project is to assess the effect of biodegradable plastic on soil microbial communities (archaea, bacteria and fungi) and how it is affected by them in natural and home-compost soils. The specific objectives are to i) evaluate the degradation of biodegradable plastic in soil, ii), to characterise the microbial communities on the biodegradable plastic and their role in degrading biodegradable plastic in soil, and iii) to identify the key environmental drivers and microorganisms regulating the degradation of biodegradable plastic.
Field experiment will be used to answers these objectives on various soil and environmental conditions. DNA based methods, such as next generation sequencing and quantitative-PCR will be used to characterise the microbial communities associated with biodegradable plastic. Microscopy will be used to visualise microbial communities, and plastic and soil properties will be assessed using a range of physico-chemical analysis.
The findings of this project have a direct impact on our understanding on how biodegradable plastic affect microbial communities, how to increase degradation of biodegradable plastic in non-industrial conditions, how to shape soil microbiome to increase decomposition, resulting in potential recommendation for any end user of such biodegradable plastic.
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, biological sciences, soil biology, molecular biology, with a good fundamental knoweldge of microorganisms and their interaction with the environment.
English Language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.
Experience of fundamental in laboratory skills
Competent in aseptic techniques
Knowledge of environmental microbiology
Good written and oral communication skills
Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
Good time management
Molecular biology, stastistical analysis, R, bioinformatic
Jeszeová, L., Puškárová, A., Bučková, M., Kraková, L., Grivalský, T., Danko, M., Mosnáčková, K., Chmela, Š., Pangallo, D., 2018. Microbial communities responsible for the degradation of poly(lactic acid)/poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) blend mulches in soil burial respirometric tests. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 34, 101. doi:10.1007/s11274-018-2483-y
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