BGS-University of Nottingham Collaboration

University of Nottingham

Three staff members from the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham have been appointed as visiting research associates (VRAs) with the British Geological Survey (BGS). Prof. Broadley, Dr Young and Prof. Crout will hold these honorary positions with the BGS alongside their posts and ongoing research projects at the University of Nottingham.

Professor Martin Broadley's research interests are in the area of plant mineral nutrition. At an applied level, his research seeks to underpin improvements in the nutritional quality (biofortification) and nutrient-use efficiency of crops using agronomic and/or genetic approaches. This work is currently focused on the elements calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), selenium (Se) and zinc (Zn) and includes collaborations with geochemists, soil scientists, and human and animal nutritionists.

Dr Scott Young's major interest is in trace element, heavy metal and radionuclide dynamics in soils. Current and recent research projects in association with the BGS have measured and modelled metal solubility and adsorption in soils, bioavailability of iodine and selenium as vital trace elements, crop biofortification and fixation of radionuclides in soils.

Professor Neil Crout is the Head of the School of Biosciences. His work is in the development and application of simulation models of environmental and agricultural systems. His work is highly collaborative with a close integration between modelling and experimental / observational work. Current and recent research projects in association with the BGS have modelled the bioavailability of iodine in soils.




22 January 2014