Jasmine Burr-Hersey

Project title:Breaking new ground: novel plants for the remediation and conditioning of soil structure.

Where based:University of Nottingham/ James Hutton Institute (Dundee)

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Twitter: @STARSoilJasmine



Lover of the outdoors and all things green!

Graduated BSc Environmental Science (2012) Thesis titled: Investigating coastal cliff recession at Brook Bay, Isle of Wight.

Graduated MSc Geological and Environmental Hazards (2014) Thesis titled:The impact of landslides on the geochemical properties of topsoil and resulting flora unit distributions, Black Ven, Dorset.

Volunteer for Operation Wallacea summer 2015 in South Africa: Implementing a biodiversity and conservation management research programme evaluating the impact of elephant range expansion on the vegetation and associated diversity of key taxa.

Key interests: geochemistry of surface terrains, species succession and the implication of bioengineering techniques for sustainable landuse practices.

Project description:

Soil structural degradation is a globally pervasive problem in production agriculture and horticulture, affecting crop productivity and environmental quality and occurs sporadically in natural ecosystems. This project aims to identify novel non-crop plants which are particularly capable of growing on such structurally compromised (compacted) soils and establish the fundamental mechanisms by which they are capable of doing so. With the potential of applying such knowledge, and using such species to remediate and condition soils in production and land reclamation scenarios. The project involves an innovative combination of soil and plant biophysics and microbiology, with field observations and controlled experimental studies. Including the use of multi- scale X-Ray Computed Tomography to visualise root architecture and soil structural dynamics.

Industrial partners include; Frontier Agriculture, King Seeds, Produce World.