Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield,
Alfred Denny Building, Western Bank,
1. Carbon and mineral fluxes through mycorrhizal networks in natural and agro-ecosystems: Quantification and localisation of nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon fluxes between plants and their symbiotic fungal partner (mycorrhiza).
2. Microorganisms in sustainable agro ecosystems - Harnessing beneficial microbes for crop production (provisioning of nutrients) and crop protection (inducible plant defenses).
3. The carbon and mineral nutrition of mycoheterotrophic plants - Quantification and localisation of nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon acquired by mycoheterotrophs (see the New Phytologist virtual special issue on mycoheterotrophy).
4. The physiology and functional ecology of host-parasitic plant interactions (Rhinanthus spp., Orobanche spp. Euphrasia spp., and Santalum album - Sandalwood) – Investigating the functional anatomy of parasitic plant haustoria (the host-parasite interface) using histology, immunochemistry, metabolite profiling and isotope tracers.
5. Developing new green roof technologies that allow us to utilise green architecture in a range of different climates.