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Arsenic, benzoxazinoids and herbicides: chemical soil-plant feedbacks in multi-trophic health

Author Veronica CAGGÌA
Director of thesis Prof. Dr. Matthias Erb
Co-director of thesis Dr. Klaus Schläppi
Summary of thesis

The One Health Consortium aims to explore the connections between soil, plant, animal and human health through the microbiomes at their interfaces. External changes can alter microbial communities and thus influence the entire food chain. My project, within the OneHealth consortium, aims to study the microbiomes at the interface of the soil-plant interaction. In particular, the focus is on three environmental chemicals: heavy metals, plant secondary metaboltes and herbicides, and how they impact both soil microbial community structure and functioning. The selected environmental chemicals are precisely arsenic, benzoxazinoids, glyphosate and terbuthylazine. Ultimately, my research aims to define the consequences of the belowground changes due to the challange with the environmental chemicals, on plant health as a first step of the food chain.

Status middle
Administrative delay for the defence 2022