Melanie Elouise Bennet PhD.
Melanie Elouise Bennet is a PhD student at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK (www.jic.ac.uk) and University of East Anglia (UEA) where she studies the molecular microbiology of wheat root colonisation in biochar soil amended soil. The UEA has built a biomass gasification powered combined heat and power plants designed to supply energy to the whole campus of approx. 10,000 staff and students. The plant uses waste woodchip from the local forestry industry and produces biochar as a by-product. Melanie’s work is in two parts:
1) Work with the UK Environment Agency to build UK/EU protocols for the use of “waste” biochar in field trials.
2) To characterise the ecology of microbe colonisation of plant roots in biochar amended soils
Melanie is also involved in many side projects. In 2008, she proposed a school allotment (SAPlings) designed to teach children about healthy eating and ecology on the grounds of Chapelbreak Infant school in Norwich. She is also the chairperson of the University allotment programme. In her spare time, Melanie actively runs and participates in science communication activities including science cafes, community biodiversity walks and theme children’s activities.
Areas of interest and specialties
Agronomy, Agriculture, Ecology, Biology, Environmental chemistry, Nutrient fluxes, Project Management, Gardening, Horticulture, Allotmenteering, Microbiology, Science Communication and Sustainable lifestyles
Education and affiliations
BSc Ecology with Biology (Hons), University of East Anglia, 2007 – 2010
PhD Student, Molecular microbiology (biochar), John Innes Centre, 2010 – 2013
Chairperson of the UEA allotments
John Innes Centre
Department of Molecular Microbiology
Norwich Research Park
Colney, Norwich NR4 7UH, UK