Shengli is a Rothamsted Internation fellow with us for one year from January 2008. He is working on a project which aims to rehabilitate degraded land on the Loess Plateau in China by increasing the organic matter content of the soils. Shengli was previously with us for one year, from December 2005 - 2006 when he worked on 'The survival stragey of the soil microbial biomass'. He is from the Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yangling, ShaanXi Province where he works at the Changwu Station on the Loess Plateau on nutrient dynamics of the soils on the Loess Plateau.
Elena was a PhD student from Bari University. Her supervisor there was Professor Angelo Caliandro. She was with us for eight months from February 2008 and was working on Soil chemical and biological changes caused by different soil managements.
Delphine was an undergraduate Chemistry student from Poitiers University. She worked with us for three months from February 2007, carrying on with Guillaume's project.
Guillaume was from Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Rennes in France and was with us for five weeks from January 2008. He was studying for a degree in agronomy (MSc equivalent) and he was here on a work placement. He was starting work to find a suitable new compound to replace a chemical we use to extract ATP from the microbial biomass as it has recently stopped being manufactured.
YuPing was a PhD student from Zheijiang University in Hangzhou. Her supervisor there was Professor Jianming Xu. She was with us for a year from October 2007 and was working on how soil microbial diversity impacts on ecosystem function.
Chunyue was a PhD student from the Yangling, ShaanXi Province. She was with us for a year from October 2007 and was working on soil P dynamics and biomass P.
Murali wass a Rothamsted International Fellow with us for one year from March 2007 working on coconut compost. His project title was 'Evaluating the effect of coconut leaf vermicompost on soil microbial biomass, microbial diversity and soil fertility'. Murali is from the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) in Kerala, India.
Stephanie was an undergraduate Chemistry student from Poitiers University. She worked with us for three months from February 2007, looking at fumigation techniques for waterlogged soils.
Xiaorong is visiting us for one year, having been awarded a Rothamsted International Fellowship. She is working for one year from January 2006, on the project: 'A comparison of contribution of soil microbial biomass phosphorus to phosphorus leaching in aerobic and waterlogged Chinese soil and UK soil'. Xiaorong works at the China Agricultural University, Beijing, with Qimei Lin.
Aurélie was an undergraduate student on work placement with us from Poitiers University. She worked with us for 3 months from February 2006 on a project with the HGCA on the effects of different tillage practices on soil organic matter, the soil microbial biomass and its activity.
Zhaohai Zeng visited us for 2 months from January 2006 from the Agronomy Department of China Agricultural University in Beijing. He came to learn the PLFA and biomass techniques to examine the microbial community structure in Chinese soils of different crop rotations and green manure treatments.
Marta is a member of the Signal Processing Group of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She is with us for a year from September 2004 joining a research grant from Pedro Barrie de la Maza Foundation and The British Council. Marta is calibrating a mathematical model based on isothermal micro-calorimetry against classical measurements of soil microbial activity. Luckily, we were able to keep Marta with us for a little while longer, working on the project 'the paradox of soil organic matter mineralization' for the last 4 months of the project.
Juan completed his PhD in 2005. His research aim was to understand the effect of soil pH on microbial biomass, microbial activity and microbial community structure, evaluating a wide range of pH values, from basic to very strongly acids. Juan is from Venezuela, working as a lecturer (since 1996) at Central University of Venezuela, Agronomy Faculty (Maracay, Aragua State) where He got his degrees in Agricultural Engineer (1991) and Master in Soil Science (1995).
Professor Jinshui Wu, Institute of Sub-Tropical agriculture, Changsha, China
Chinese Agricultural University, Beijing, China.
Professor Jialong Lu, Mr. Xueyun Yang, North-West University, China.
Maria DeNobili and Marco Contin
University of Udine, Italy. Maria and Marco have been collaborating on work relating to microbial survival in soils and ATP concentrations in the microbial biomass. They both did their PhDs with Prof. Brookes and have maintained excellent long term collaborations.
Qian came to Rothamasted as a PhD student, funded by the Royal Society. She worked on soil samples from China during her stay from March - August 2003. She has now completed her PhD at the China Agricultural Univesity in Beijing, China and is working as a lecturer at the Hunan Agricultural University in Changsha, China. We were pleased to have Qian back in the group with a Royal Society Fellowship for one year from March 2006-7, further developing previous work by Maria DeNobili and Marco Contin.
Dan Murphy and Fran Hoyle
University of Western Australia.
Han Wenyan came to Rothamsted from the Tea Research Institute, near Shangai, China. We worked together on Chinese Tea Soils in 2004.