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Flora O'Brien

Flora O'Brien

Specialist in Root Biology, NIAB

Flora’s research focuses on aspects of root and soil biology in horticultural crop production. Her particular areas of interest include root and rhizosphere microbial interactions, adventitious rooting, and root traits associated with abiotic stress tolerance. Flora's current research topics include soil health, the influence of horticultural crops on the soil microbiome and soil carbon sequestration.

Current research projects

PhD project: Below ground carbon sequestration potential of apple trees
Duration: October 2019 – October 2023
Partners: University of Reading
Funders/funding: BBSRC, Fruit Crop Research CTP

Title: Carbon sequestration in modern apple dessert orchards
Duration: October 2020 -  March 2021
Partners: Alicia Ledo (independent researcher)
Funders/funding: AHDB


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