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GRADUATE STUDIES

The Applied Soil Ecology Lab at the University of Manitoba is seeking highly motivated and talented candidates for training leading to M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees in nutrient management, greenhouse gas emissions, and soil ecology and nematology.

Nutrient Management & Greenhouse Gases

Nitrification Inhibitors to Reduce Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Anhydrous Ammonia Applied to Soils

M.Sc. or Ph.D. students will undertake graduate research in 4R Nitrogen Practices to reduce N2O emissions from anhydrous ammonia applied to agricultural soils. The students will lead research on farmer fields examining several newly available inhibitors of nitrification applied with anhydrous ammonia. (READ MORE)

Micro-meteorology of Gas Exchange in Cover Crop Systems

M.Sc. or Ph.D. students will undertake graduate research in the area of development of cover cropping systems in the Red River Valley region of Manitoba and benefit to fertilizer nitrogen use efficiency of crops. Benefits to be examined include reduced emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O), net CO2 uptake by soil, lowered residual fall soil nitrate tests, and improved coincidence of nitrogen mineralization and crop uptake. Methods of N2O flux determination include the flux-gradient, automated chamber and static-vented chamber techniques. (READ MORE)

Micro-meteorological Fluxes of N2O and CO2 on Light Texture Soil

M.Sc. or Ph.D. students will undertake graduate research in 4R Nitrogen Practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (N2O and CO2) from agricultural fields near Brandon, Manitoba. The students will assist in the setup and operation of the field site with a micrometeorological flux-gradient approach to continuous monitoring of gas exchanges. (READ MORE)

Benefit of 4R Nitrogen Management on Micro-meteorological Fluxes of Ammonia

M.Sc. or Ph.D. students will undertake graduate research in 4R Nitrogen Practices to reduce NH3 volatilization from agricultural fields near the cities of Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba. The students will assist in the setup and operation of the field sites with flux towers and use of the backward Lagrangian Stochastic approach to estimate NH3 losses. (READ MORE)


Soil Ecology & Nematology

Biology and Epidemiology of the Stem Nematode, Ditylenchus weischeri

M.Sc. or Ph.D. students will undertake graduate research in understanding the life-cycle development and reproduction of the stem nematode, Ditylenchus weischeri in a range of horticultural crops. The students will lead growth chamber and greenhouse studies using traditional isolation and identification as well as molecular analyses of nematode populations in plants. In situ staining and visualization of nematode in plant parts will be done to localize the development stages of the nematode. (READ MORE)

Field Studies with the Root Lesion Nematode, Pratylenchus neglectus

M.Sc. or Ph.D. students will undertake graduate research in understanding the crop host preference and damage potential of the root lesion nematode, P. neglectus to crops grown in the Prairies. The students will lead field studies in Manitoba and Alberta using microplots containing varying population densities of the nematode planted to soybean, chickpea and canola. Traditional and molecular analyses of nematode populations in soil and the crops will be conducted. (READ MORE)


UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER RESEARCH

Soil, Plant, and Gas Sampling and Processing Technician

Number of positions: 4
Application Deadline: March 8, 2019

Project Title: Development of Greenhouse Gas Neutral Agricultural Systems – Undergraduate students will be responsible for assisting graduate students and Senior Technicians with
small scale research field plot maintenance, and soil, manure, plant and greenhouse gas sampling. Laboratory duties include preparation of gas storage vials, soil grinding and extraction, plant grinding and plant threshing. Students will also be responsible for ensuring proper documentation of soil, plant and greenhouse gas samples and making sure field equipment is in proper working order.

Students will work on several projects examining best management practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from soil and animal manures. Projects include fertilizer and past manure applications to soil and its effect on nitrous oxide (N2O ) emissions, effect of cattle diet on manure properties and greenhouse gas emissions, the benefit of cover crops to reduce N2O emissions, as well as projects involving the source, timing and placement of various fertilizers in corn and canola to reduce N2O emissions. (APPLICATION DETAILS)

Plant Disease Technician

Number of positions: 3
Application Deadline: March 8, 2019

Project Title: Nematode and Fungal Pests of Crops in Manitoba – Undergraduate students will be responsible for assisting graduate students and Senior Technicians with laboratory and field studies for plant and soil sampling and analyses. Laboratory duties include extraction of pathogens and nematodes, microscopic and molecular (conventional and real-time PCR) identification, preparation reagents and media, pure culture isolation and maintenance. Field duties include soil and plant sampling, and visual plant disease ratings.

Students will work on several projects examining limiting yield loses from the disease, Potato Early Dying and damage caused by plant parasitic nematodes. Soil and plant sampling will be conducted at field trial sites and farm surveys for the fungal wilt pathogen, Verticillium dahliae. Studies will also involved determination of host and environmental preferences, yield damage, and control strategies of plant-parasitic nematodes in the Canadian Prairie Provinces. The nematodes to be examined include members of the genus Ditylenchus and Pratylenchus. Crops examined include major field, pulse and horticultural crops grown on the Canadian Prairies. (APPLICATION DETAILS)


Last Updated: February 21, 2019

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