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Institute for Life Sciences

Claire Lamb PhD Microbiology, Year 1, 2020

Postgraduate Research Student

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Microbial contribution to phosphorus availability in the rhizosphere of wheat plants.

I believe an interdisciplinary PhD is important and exciting as you approach questions and problems with the perspective of both microbiologists and engineers which leads to novel insights and advancements in more than one field.

2015-2016: MRes Environmental Microbiology (Distinction) University of Portsmouth

2012-2015: BSc (Hons) Biology (First Class Honours) University of Portsmouth

My masters degree focused on characterising the microbial diversity of floral nectar, and from this I have moved on to begin my PhD working on how the microbial communities in the rhizosphere of wheat plants affect citrate and phosphorus mobilisation and mineralisation. This is increasingly important as phosphorus is essential for plant growth and therefore agricultural soil this is used to fertilise agricultural soil. However, this is inefficient, has negative environmental consequences and is mined from rock phosphate, a limited resource which is estimated to completely run out in the next 50-100 years.

Location: Room 3041, Life Sciences Building (85), Highfield Campus, University of Southampton.

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