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Sandra Lucia Cortes

Sandra Lucia Cortes

PhD: Herbivore-Plant-Soil microbe interactions: who is helping whom Location: Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK. Email Sandra Lucia Cortes Research Gate Twitter I am a Colombian researcher focused on sustainable agriculture. I worked for seven years as a technician in the laboratory of Soil Microbiology at the Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research, Agrosavia. My research area involved […]

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Herbivore-Plant-Soil microbe interactions: who is helping whom

Herbivore-Plant-Soil microbe interactions: who is helping whom

Globally, 20-40% of crops are lost to insects, pathogens and weeds. Novel solutions to combat these biotic threats and protect crop health are urgently required, but they need to be intertwined with soil health and agroecosystem health. This PhD project will address the need to understand the relationship between crops, soil and agroecosystems by exploring […]

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Understanding and monitoring insect pest dispersal within a changing environment

Understanding and monitoring insect pest dispersal within a changing environment

This exciting PhD project will work at the cutting edge of mathematical and statistical sciences to deliver automatic insect pest detection. Whilst the focus is on developing and applying data science techniques, you will also seek to understand complementary disciplines in biomechanics, insect behaviour and phenology. You will develop a “digital twin” for the flight of insect […]

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Exploring drivers of rarity in the arable weed flora

Exploring drivers of rarity in the arable weed flora

Several iconic plant species that used to be common in cropped fields, including corncockle and corn marigold have dramatically decreased in frequency and abundance since the 1960s due to the intensification of agricultural production. In contrast, other species have remained common or even increased in abundance. Can we explain  the contrasting response of plant species […]

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