Lisa Mau is a graduate researcher in the Jülich-University of Melbourne Postgraduate Academy (JUMPA) with UoM and the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) in Germany.
Lisa’s PhD project brings together unicellular algae with wheat roots. Algal biomass contains nutrients, but unlike mineral fertilizer, in chemical forms that are not directly available to plants. She is using a mass-balance model to calculate phosphorus release by algae and uptake by roots. Over time, she monitors phenotypical effects as well as the metabolic changes in the plant. Her aim is to discover P recycling strategies for sustainable agriculture.