Portrait of Susanne Donn

Dr Suzanne Donn

Dr Suzanne Donn is investigating how plants and their root associated bacteria respond to soil warming, including interactions between wheat cultivars and the base climate scenario.

Suzanne completed her PhD at the Scottish Crop Research Institute (now the James Hutton Institute), linking changes in nematode community structure to barley crop management strategies and comparing taxonomic identification to DNA based methods.

Following this, Suzanne moved to CSIRO in Canberra where she studied wheat rhizosphere bacteria and the drivers of their community composition. At Western Sydney University her work focused on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their association with root traits and the plant transcriptome in a low nitrogen soil.

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