About the Project
Plants are crucial in the movement and storage of SOC, however new evidence suggests soil microorganisms contribute up to 80% of stored SOC. Plant-C metabolism by soil microorganisms is one of the main routes to C capture, but the physiological mechanisms and role of interactions with minerals and aggregates underpinning this remain unknown.
This exciting project will contribute towards international initiatives to reverse global SOC losses by investigating metabolism of organic-C by microbes and fungi, and interactions with soil minerals to unpick the biological mechanisms underpinning soil carbon sequestration and storage.
The successful student will undertake novel field and laboratory work using the latest ‘omics technologies, isotope tracing and complementary geochemical tools. In doing so, the student will build key skills while also pushing the boundaries of science to understand the role of soil organisms in carbon capture.
Candidates should have/be expecting a 2.1 or above at undergraduate level in a relevant area. If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet our language entry requirements. The PhD is to start in Oct 2020.
Please apply online (https://studentservices.leeds.ac.uk/pls/banprod/bwskalog_uol.P_DispLoginNon) and include project title and supervisor name, and upload a CV and transcripts.
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