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Plant Soil Ecology

Using research to enhance crop production and resilience to environmental change
  • Increasing global demand for food, feed and energy crops requires sustainable intensification of agriculture, which must occur without impact on biodiversity or the environment.
  • We have a strong research team that integrates knowledge of molecular genetics, root physiology, environmental microbiology, soil chemistry and physics.
  • We study how plants and microorganisms interact with the soil to provide the resources for crop production, and how biotas improve their environment to make it more resilient to the stresses of land use and climate change.
  • We assess the impacts of biotic and abiotic challenges to the health of soil ecosystems and deliver strategies for higher-yielding, lower-input cropping-systems.

Photograph showing plants from the roots to the canopy representing the areas the group work onYield, Quality, Plant Physiology (Philip White)

Crop Models, Imaging Systems

Root Traits, Physical Interactions (Tracy Valentine)

Plant Physiology, Rhizosphere, Microbiology (Eric Paterson)

Root Physiology, Rhizosphere Biochemistry (Tim George)

Plant Soil Interactions, Soil Ecosystem Function (Tim Daniell)

Soil Ecology, Nematology (Roy Neilson)


Areas of Interest

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.