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Email: henry.birt@manchester.ac.uk

Throughout my research career I have explored the relationships between plants, their associated microbes, and the soil environment. A major aim of understanding these relationships is to provide recommendations for the management of natural ecosystems and agricultural production. Management of microbial communities is an exciting forefront of research as many of the services that microbes can offer are not possible through traditional management due to either technical or environmental constraints. Therefore, microbes may be part of the next ‘green revolution’ of solutions to combat the challenges of a changing climate, growing population, and increasingly degraded environment. My research integrates a range of modern ‘omics’ and other analytical methods to gain a complete picture of the ecological interactions occurring between plants, microbes, and the soil environment. Feel free to contact me with questions about my research or how we could collaborate in the future.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Areas of expertise

  • S Agriculture (General)
  • Plant microbe interactions
  • GE Environmental Sciences


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  • Fulbright Scholar

    Birt, Henry (Recipient), 10 Oct 2021

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively