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Plant Stress Biology

In recent years concern has been growing about the consequences of global climate change caused by human emissions of CO2. This is predicted, in addition to causing a general warming of the planet, to cause an increase in the occurrence of extreme weather events (IPCC). Periods of drought and extreme temperature (high and low) and incidents of flooding are all liable to increase. This is of particular concern because of the likely impact on food production.

Keywords: 
Plants, Plant science, Biology, Climate change, Environmental biology

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The Centre for the Genetics of Ecosystem Services

The Centre brings together researchers from within the Faculty of Life Sciences with expertise in ecosystem service measurement and ecological community genetics. This fusion of expertise allows us to answer fundamental questions linking genetic variation and evolutionary processes to the functioning of biotic communities and the delivery of fundamental ecosystem services.

The Centre aims to work collaboratively with other academics, industries and government bodies to address both the fundamental science and the societal impact of ecosystem services.

Keywords: 
ecosystem services, Environment, Climate change, Environmental biology

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Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology

Our research focuses on the characterization of mineral-water-organic matter reactions in surface and subsurface environments. By combining the techniques of microbiology and molecular biology with physical, chemical and modelling approaches, we are identifying the role that microorganisms play in key environmental processes.

Keywords: 
Environment, Geology, Chemistry, Environmental biology

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Environment, Ecology and Evolution

The Environment, Ecology and Evolution Group focuses on applied research that addresses 21st century environmental challenges. The food we eat, the water we drink and the fuel that powers our industries are all dwindling resources that we harvest from the world around us. As our populations expand and natural areas are converted to farmland and cities we lose the services that nature provided for free. Our expanding cities have become ecosystems in their own right with their own unique urban ecology.

Keywords: 
Food, Water, Environmental biology, Biology, ecosystem services, Climate change, Biodiversity