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Title of Research Project
Effects of soil improvement treatments on bacterial community structure and function.

Abstract
The effect of a widely used soil improvement procedure (sewage sludge and lime amendment) on key functional groups of bacteria and the processes they catalyse will be investigated. Molecular biological methods targeting 16S rRNA genes and important functional genes will be used to determine changes in selected bacterial communities caused by sludge treatment. Parallel measurement of the processes the target bacterial groups catalyse will be conducted both in the field and in laboratory incubations. This approach will permit changes in process properties (e.g. rates, half saturation constants) to be interpreted in the light of changes in bacterial community structure.

Research workers:

PI

Dr Ian M Head

Fossil Fuels & Environmental Geochemistry
(Postgraduate Institute)
Drummond Building
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

Phone: 0 191 222 6605
Office: 0 191 222 7024
Direct Fax: 0 191 222 5431

i.m.head@ncl.ac.uk

PI

Dr Alan J McCarthy

School of Biological Sciences,
Life Sciences Building
University of Liverpool
LIVERPOOL, L69 7ZB
Tel: 0151 794 4413

aj55m@liverpool.ac.uk

PI

Prof David Lloyd

Cardiff School of Biosciences,
Main Building,
PO Box 915,
Cardiff University,
CARDIFF CF1 3TL
Tel: 01222 874 772

lloydD@cardiff.ac.uk

PDRA

Dr Neil Gray

University of Newcastle,
(as above)

n.d.gray@newcastle.ac.uk

Tech Ian Harrison
(20% on Project)
University of Newcastle
(as above)
 
PDRA Dr Richard Hastings University of Liverpool
(as above)
sgmr13@liverpool.ac.uk
STUD. Sam Sheppard University of Cardiff,
(as above)
sheppardSK1@cardiff.ac.uk
Tech Paul Loughnane University of Liverpool,
(as above)
j.p.loughnane@liverpool.ac.uk
Collaborator Dr Ian Singleton University of Liverpool
(as above)
 

Links

www.nrg.ncl.ac.uk

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