Nanotechnological materials are used extensively in a wide range of consumer products, and exhibit strong antimicrobial properties. Their use has increased dramatically in recent years along with their inevitable release into natural and managed ecosystems. Surprisingly, the environmental fate and behaviour of nano-materials is poorly understood despite evidence that they may suppress microbially driven ecosystem services such as nutrient cycling.

In this project, we'll characterise the influence of nano-materials on the diversity of microorganisms that underpin the functioning of Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems. This work will help to determine the environmental impacts of nano-materials and facilitate the development of regulation to protect future environmental and human health.

Location: St Lucia

Expected outcomes: experience with environmental DNA forensics and the practical aspects of environmental impact assessment

Supervisors: Dr Paul Dennis

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Project members

Dr Paul Dennis

Lecturer in Soil Science
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences