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Adapting to extreme environments: Hybridisation and the evolution of contemporary heavy metal tolerance

Adapting to extreme environments: Hybridisation and the evolution of contemporary heavy metal tolerance

Climate change, urbanisation and exploitation of natural resources increasingly alter the environment, posing significant challenges for plants and animals. We have a poor understanding of how organisms will adapt to such rapid and widespread disruption, particularly in terms of their evolutionary responses. For species to adapt to such fast paced change, they will either need […]

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Extreme weather events exacerbate nitrous oxide emissions from soil (Extreme-N2O)

Extreme weather events exacerbate nitrous oxide emissions from soil (Extreme-N2O)

Accurate estimates of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions underpin national land use policy and subsequent targets, e.g. the recent UK target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050. However, modelling of terrestrial sources of nitrous oxide (N2O) using atmospheric concentrations reveals that the bottom up greenhouse gas inventory for UK N2O emissions is either missing a […]

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Aerodynamic invasions: does the biomechanics of flight affect dispersal and genetic diversity in invasive species?

Aerodynamic invasions: does the biomechanics of flight affect dispersal and genetic diversity in invasive species?

Invasive species represent one of the most pressing threats to earth’s biodiversity. This ENVISION PhD studentship is an exciting opportunity to work at the interface of biomechanics and genomics to test timely questions in invasive species biology: What are the functional links between dispersal traits and genetic diversity in invasive species? How do dispersal traits […]

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What lurks beneath: unravelling the chemically-guided ecological interactions of Armillaria fungi, a devastating group of subterranean forest pathogens

What lurks beneath: unravelling the chemically-guided ecological interactions of Armillaria fungi, a devastating group of subterranean forest pathogens

Armillaria species, are devastating fungal root-rot pathogens that affect over 500 woody plant species globally. They are facultative necrotrophs that colonise and attack the cambium of living roots, necrotising the living tissue, and ultimately killing the tree before switching to a saprophytic phase to decay the dead tissue. Infection is established via rhizomorphs, exploratory organs […]

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