ProjectExtreme Rainfall

Examining how extreme rain fall leading to soil saturation affects climate feedbacks operating in the root zone. 

Professor Gary Bending
University of Warwick

Co-PIs & Co-Is

Professor C. J. van der Gast, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr. Niall McNamara, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Aims & Objectives

This project will examine how extreme rain fall leading to soil saturation affects climate feedbacks operating in the root zone. Growing and non-growing seasons will be simulated with long term and extreme saturation durations. Using this method this project will:

  • Determine how soil water saturation affects organisation of the rhizosphere and soil microbiomes
  • Determine how climate feedbacks in contrasting land use systems are affected by seasonal timing and duration of soil water saturation

Links

The abstract for the project can be read in full here.

Presentations given by project members can be seen here.

Gary Bending

Professor of Environmental Microbiology

Gary Bending was recently (2015) appointed& Professor of Environmental Microbiology in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick. His main research interests are plant-soil microbe interactions and the environmental fate of organic pollutants. You can find out more about Gary here.

Researchers

Emma Picot

Circadian biologist

Emma Picot is a circadian biologist whose research focuses on the evolutionary genetic regulation. Specifically she has experience in comparative genomics and the genes involved in the Arabadopsis clock and her current research focuses on Brassica rapa microbiome. Emma is familiar with a wide variety of techniques including next gen sequencing (lab and bioinformatics), R and network analysis.

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