ESR3 - Does soil REE Speciation control REE Phyto-availability and dissemination within plants?

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The Early Stage Reasercher (ESR) for this research topic is Kaisa Patterson:

I earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Utah State University. My master’s thesis, “Arsenic Release from Surface Soils Induced by Stormwater Bioretention,” can be used to design bioretention systems while limiting arsenic solubilization from geogenic sources.

As part of the PANORAMA research group, I plan to elucidate the biotic and abiotic controls on the fate and transport of rare earth element in planted environments.

This Early Stage Researcher will be hosted in Université Rennes 1 and Supervised by Aline Dia and Mathieu Pédrot.

This topic of research aims to clarify whether or not REE Speciation control REE Phyto-availability and dissemination within plants.

This will be done through the investigation of the REE dynamics in rhizosphere and subsequent REE dissemination in plant organs.


Four secondments are planned:
-    Empresa de Desenvolvimiento Miniero (twice, for hald a month): field sampling; 
-    Instituto Superior Técnico (twice, one month): support to field and REE water/soil/plant transfer experiment; 
-    Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro (two months): REE phyto-toxicity; 
-    Jacob Univerity Bremen (two months): REE rhizosphere siderophore binding.