PhD, Assistant researcher from South China Botanical Garden
I am a soil ecologist who have a background of soil nematodes taxonomy. Soil food web is the linkage of above- and belowground ecosystem and is one of the frontier hotspots of soil ecology. My studies focus mainly on the structure and function of soil (micro)food web in restoration ecosystems. I also like to understand how we can regulate the soil food web to further promote the restoration of degraded ecosystems or to help plants grow better.
The structure and function of soil food web is determined by the diversity and abundance of soil biota. To better understand the mechanism of how diversity and abundance of soil biota could affect the structure and function of soil food web, my plan here in WUR is to build up our own soil biota communities (bacterivorous nematode first) with controlled diversity and abundance. With these controlled communities, we could further test how plant would perform and how the soil food web structure would change. This could be the link of soil ecology and plant science and has a great potential to discover surprising things together!