Photo of Emily Masters-Clark. Credit: Rothamsted Research



PhD student

Sustainable Agriculture Sciences


Emily is a PhD student working in collaboration with Rothamsted Research, Teagasc and Cranfield University. Her project investigates the interactions between mycorrhizal fungi and beneficial rhizosphere bacteria, looking at the potential to exploit this relationship in favour of a host plant. Emily hopes to contribute to the sustainable intensification of agriculture by elucidating the tri-trophic interactions between exemplar grassland and arable host-plants, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, the soil microbiome, soil fertility and structure. Her PhD is one of five in Soil Technology Innovation as part of a new Agricultural Research and Innovation Accelerator.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds in Biology with an industrial placement in Environmental and Marine biology.


Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ


    PhD project title:

    Soil AgRIA – Exploiting mycorrhizal selection of beneficial rhizosphere bacteria from the soil microbiome


    BSc Biology with Industrial placement, University of Leeds