Dr Catherine Preece
My research is focused on the linkages between plant and soil ecology, particularly in response to global change. I study plant-soil interactions in both natural and agricultural systems, and in a range of biomes. I also collaborate on a research line about bryophyte ecology and physiology.
Crop wild relatives contain different root exudate traits compared with crops, which offers opportunities to reduce the use of fertilisers and pesticides. Trends in Plant Science (2020).
Drought lowered soil microbial diversity and was a larger driver of changes to soil communities than nitrogen or phosphorus deposition. Science of the Total Environment (2020).
Nitrate pollution decreased the diversity of bryophytes in Mediterranean springs and was associated with fewer rare bryophyte species. Science of the Total Environment (2020).