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Crop Systems Seminar with Professor Davey Jones of Bangor University  Event

Institute for Life Sciences
Credit Tsushima2011 Creative Common
13:00 - 14:00
14 October 2016

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Event details

Davey Jones holds a Professorial Chair in Soil and Environmental Science at Bangor University. A major focus of his research is on understanding below-ground processes with specific focus on nutrients and human pathogen behavior in soil-plant-microbial systems.

14/10/2016 – 07/3019 at 13:00

Professor Davey Jones – University of Bangor

Dissolved organic nitrogen cycling in soils: from pole to pole

Although we generally consider nutrients to be taken up by plants and microbes in an inorganic form (e.g. PO43-, NO3-, NH4+, SO42-), dissolved organic nutrients also constitute a significant resource in many terrestrial and marine ecosystems. In many cases, they also represent one of the major nutrient loss pathways (e.g., in streamwater) although rarely are they included in ecosystem models. The importance of nutrients held in an organic form is becoming increasingly apparent as we start to understand the role they play in plant and microbial nutrition and plant-microbial signaling. One area of great uncertainty surrounds the cycling of dissolved organic N (DON) at the root-soil interface. While we understand little about the processes involved in this cycling, this has not stopped many researchers advocating it as one of the primary factors driving ecosystem development. Clearly we need to substantiate such claims, hence the nature of my talk. During the talk I will focus on DON. This will show how important it is as a source of N across global latitudinal gradients. I will also show how we have been investigating microbial-root competition for DON at the soil root interface using a range of isotopic tracking techniques. The talk will also present data on recent analytical advances (i.e. NanoSIMS) which allow the visualization of stable isotopes (e.g. 15N) in plant-soil systems at the cellular and sub-cellular level. The talk will use examples from ongoing work in the Arctic, Antarctic and Europe.


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Speaker information

Professor Davey Jones ,Bangor University,BBSRC Panel Member, NERC College Member, Welsh Government Land Use and Climate Change Group Member, Associate Editor with Agronomy Journal, Associate Editor with Agriculture, Associate Editor with Soil and Environmental Science Editor with Soil and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists, Associate Editor with Rhizosphere, Training manager for the STARS College of Doctoral Training in Soil Science.

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