Soil microorganisms play critical roles in the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. In this project, we'll characterise the diversity of soil bacteria, archaea, fungi and other microeukarya along a 750km moisture gradient in South Australia. The incidence of drought is predicted to increase with climate change, so better understanding of how drought influences microbially mediated ecosystems processes is key to our ability to maintain food security in the future.

Location: St Lucia

Expected outcomes: experience in and knowledge of modern methods in plant and microbial sciences that may be applied to broader ecological fields as well as industry

Supervisors: Dr Paul Dennis

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Project members

Dr Paul Dennis

Lecturer in Soil Science
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences