Plant-soil feedback effects for common crop species

Plant-soil feedback effects for common crop species

Terrestrial Ecology

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Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

Plant-soil feedback is defined as a process that plants alter the biotic and abiotic properties of soil they grow in, which then alter the performance of plants that subsequently grow in the soil. Applying plant-soil feedback theory in the agricultural system is a promising avenue for realizing sustainable agriculture.

Recent work has shown that plant-soil feedback theory can help design specie combinations in both rotation and intercropping systems aiming for optimum growth and less negative environmental impact. We aim to understand how plant-soil feedback plays a role in optimizing plant growth performance.

We are offering internships/thesis for HBO or MSc students to study plant-soil feedback effects for common crop species in greenhouse experiments. In these experiments, you can quantify legacy effects of crops on plant and soil nutrient content or soil microbiome composition or you can develop hypotheses within the experiment that fit with to your own interest. 

Skills required

Candidates should have a background in soil science and enthusiasm for agriculture and ecology. Self-motivation and the ability to work independently are needed. The working language will be English.

Students will be hosted from May 2022 or later at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) for a period of up to 6 months (dates are flexible).

For more information and question, don't hesitate to contact Zhaoqi Bin (PhD candidate) via