Through the years…
Field Sites & Campaigns
Biogeography study of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in the tropical rain forest of French Guiana
The project MultiMyco: Multiscale determinants of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal (AMF) communities, funded by CEBA Labex, and in collaboration with Christina Hazard (EMG group), Melanie Roy (Université Paul Sabatier), Francis Brearley and Jennifer Rowntree (Manchester Metropolitan University), aims to unravel the relative importance of biotic and abiotic factors on AMF, and how host tree genetic diversity influence their communities in a biodiversity hot spot. The CNRS Nouragues Research Station is one of the seven sites sampled during this campaign.
Soil sampling at long-term experimental pH plots in Aberdeen, Scotland
We have used the pH trial plots at SRUC Craibstone for many years to examine the role of pH in influencing different aspects of microbial community structure and activity in soil. The soil at the ‘Woodlands Field’ is a sandy loam of Countesswells Association with an organic matter content of ~8%. Established in 1961, these plots consist of eight parallel contiguous gradients of pH 4.5 to 7.5 (in 0.5 pH units) that are under an 8-year crop rotation. Research from this long term experiment has made a major contribution to understanding the importance of soil pH in influencing microbial community structure and activity.
Soil sampling at the La Cage long-term cropping system trial, Versaillles, France
We have been utilizing the INRAE La Cage field trial for studying the resistance and resilience and niche partitioning of functionally important soil microbial communities under conventional, integrated, organic and conservation agriculture.
Sampling ice and snow in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard
We are studying microbial colonization, adaptation, activity and interactions across spatial and temporal gradients in Svalbard.