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Please note: This research Programme is no longer active


The table below lists the projects funded in the Programme. Click on the PI name or award-code for more details of each project. Note there were two phases to the programme. The majority of the work was undertaken in Phase I. Phase II included additional studies many of which used an in situ 13C pulse-labelling system provided by Dr Nick Ostle and colleagues from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

*This column indicates the number of scientific papers that were known to have been published in refereed journals by the end of the programme.


First Phase Project end date
NERC GST code Lead PI  Title


Dr Mark Blaxter

University of Edinburgh

Development of a molecular barcode system for soil nematode identification. 4 30.04.02

Prof Peter Young

University of York

Function and taxonomic diversity of mycorrhizas in grassland. 6 28.02.03

Dr Peter Millard

MLURI, Aberdeen

Management of Field Experiments at Sourhope.



Dr Clare Robinson

Kings College, London

Biodiversity of saprotrophic fungi of grassland in relation to their function 1 30.09.02

Dr Phil Murray

IGER, North Wyke, Devon

Biodiversity of invertebrate root feeders and their impact on soil microbial communities. 4 31.03.02

Prof Phil Ineson

University of York

Soil faunal biodiversity and carbon cycling.


4 31.01.02

Dr Ian Head

University of Newcastle

Effects of soil improvement treatments on bacterial community structure and function. 4 13.08.01

Dr Jonathan Leake

University of Sheffield

The effects of mycorrhizal mycelium on the diversity, biomass and functioning of soil microbial communities and its role in carbon and nutrient cycles. 5 31.10.01

Prof Jim Prosser

University of Aberdeen

The influence of land-use management practices on species and functional biodiversity of nitrite oxidising bacteria and nitrification and denitrification processes. 1 28.02.03

Prof Charles Godfray

NERC centre for Population, 

Imperial College , Silwood Park

Soil biodiversity, carbon and nitrogen fluxes in replicate, model Sourhope ecosystems: an Ecotron experiment 10 31.03.02

Dr Anne Glover

University of Aberdeen

What is the link between microbial diversity and soil resilience? 1 30.09.02

Prof Donald Davidson

University of Stirling

Interactions of soil biodiversity, micromorphology, structure and organic matter 7 11.04.02

Prof David Hopkins

University of Stirling

Earthworm diversity and the integration of physical, biochemical and microbiological functions   03.05.03

Dr Bland Finlay

CEH Windermere

Soil Protozoan Diversity and its role in Carbon and Nitrogen turnover 15 30.04.02

Dr Richard Bardgett

University of Lancaster

The relationship between diversity, biomass and function of soil microarthropod communities 4 31.12.02

Dr Mark Bailey

CEH Oxford

Establishing the link between functional and total bacterial diversity, its response to perturbation and effect upon carbon flux to other trophic levels 9 06.06.02

Prof Elizabeth Wellington

University of Warwick

Assessment of chitin decomposer diversity: the role of actinomycetes and other bacteria in C and N cycling in limed and unlimed grasslands 5 31.12.01

Dr Andy Meharg

CEH Monks Wood, Cambs

Towards a quantitative analysis of soil food-web structure and function at the ecosystem scale   30.04.00

Dr Helaina Black

CEH Lancaster

Diversity and functional activity of Enchytraeidae in an upland pasture 2 21.09.01


Second Phase Project end date 
(click highlighted icons to view list of outputs)
NERC GST code Lead PI  Title
Standard Grants

Prof Mark Bailey

CEH Oxford

Influence of Sourhope biodiversity treatments upon on the carbon flow and functional resilience of key bacterial taxa in the rhizosphere of grassland soils.      3 31.03.04

Dr Philip Murray


Diversity and functional role of predatory beetles and their prey in the Sourhope ecosystem.   31.12.03

Prof James Prosser

University of Aberdeen

How does rhizosphere carbon flow drive soil biodiversity?   30.06.04

Dr Jonathan Leake

University of Sheffield

Carbon flow through mycorrhizal mycelial systems to soil microbial populations- their impact of microarthropod diversity. 3 31.12.03

Prof Philip Ineson

University of York

Carbon transfers at Sourhope - from plant to soil organic matter. 1 30.11.05 (revised)
Small grants

Dr Gareth Griffith

University of Wales 

Fine scale analysis of Hygrocybe spp. In semi-natural grasslands and elucidation of their role in decomposition processes. 1 31.12.02

Prof Elizabeth Wellington

University of Warwick

Provision of a molecular archive for microbial diversity within treatments plots at Sourhope. 1 14.07.02

Dr Ian Grieve

University of Stirling

Flow paths and rates of labelled carbon transfer within the spatial organisation of an upland grassland soil. 1 14.11.02


Dr Andrew Sier, Former Programme Manager, Soil Biodiversity Programme,
CEH Lancaster, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg,
Lancaster, LA1 4AP, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1524 595801 | Fax: +44 (0)1524 61536 | e-mail

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