Environmental Microbiology

Bacterial cells attached to Caenorhabditis elegans nematode and occupying the mouth.

Bacterial cells attached to Caenorhabditis elegans nematode and occupying the mouth

The University employs a number of internationally recognised experts studying microbes that are important for the environment and for plants. Many of these studies, outlined below, are strategically important for UK crop protection and food security.

  • Plant pathogenic bacteria (e.g. Pseudomonas) and fungi (e.g. Botrytis) and their impacts on plant health.
  • Soil microbial ecology, particularly focussing on the importance of nutrient cycling in the plant root system and the mechanisms underpinning microbial degradation of soil pollutants.
  • The diversity of plant-symbiotic Rhizobia in different cropping schemes to identify the best Rhizobia to use for field inoculants and improve nitrogen fixation by legumes.
  • The interactions of bacteria with nematodes, earthworms and insects, including identification of new insect toxins, and the influence of bacteria on earthworm health and metal tolerance.
  • The influence of Wolbachia bacteria on insect reproduction and development.

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