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Emily Masters-Clark

Project Title: Exploiting mycorrhizal selection of beneficial rhizosphere bacteria from the soil microbiome

Overview: Emily is a PhD student working in collaboration with Rothamsted Research, Teagasc and Cranfield University. Her project investigates the interactions between mycorrhizal fungi and beneficial rhizosphere bacteria, looking at the potential to exploit this relationship in favour of a host plant. Emily hopes to contribute to the sustainable intensification of agriculture by elucidating the tri-trophic interactions between exemplar grassland and arable host-plants, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, the soil microbiome, soil fertility and structure. Her PhD is one of five in Soil Technology Innovation as part of a new Agricultural Research and Innovation Accelerator.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds in Biology with an industrial placement in Environmental and Marine biology.

Programme Area: Sustainable Agriculture Sciences

Supervisors: Dr. Fiona Brennan, Dr. Tim Mauchline, Prof. Wilfred Otten, Prof. Penny Hirsch, Dr. Ian Clark and Dr. Jim Harris

Location: Rothamsted Research, UK

Funding Source: Teagasc