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Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Lab

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About us

The Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory was established in 2013 and we have grown to over 30 members including academic staff, independent research fellows, post-doctoral researchers, technicians and postgraduate students.

The central goal of our research is to advance understanding of the functional importance of interactions between plants and the complex biological communities that inhabit soils, and their response to environmental changes. We also seek to use this knowledge to provide solutions to major environmental challenges such as climate mitigation, land degradation, and sustainable management of soils.

Based at The University of Manchester in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, our laboratory includes newly purchased, state-of-the-art equipment for analysis of a range of soil physical and chemical properties, greenhouse gases, plant shoot and root traits, stable and radioisotope tracers, and microbial community composition and function.