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Name EA Ampt MSc
FirstnameEline
Emaileline.ampt@wur.nl

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DescriptionPromovendus
OrganizationDepartment of Environmental Sciences
Organization UnitPlant Ecology and Nature Conservation
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Visiting addressDroevendaalsesteeg 3
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DescriptionPhD candidate
OrganizationDepartment of Environmental Sciences
Organization UnitPlant Ecology and Nature Conservation
Phone
Mobile
Secretarial phone
Phone 2
Fax
Note for telephonist
Note by telephonist
Visiting addressDroevendaalsesteeg 3
6708PB, WAGENINGEN
Building/Room100/C.105
Postal address
Courier
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    Jul 2017 - Present


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I have both my BSc and MSc in Biology from Wageningen University. My biological interests primarily lie with plants and fundamentally understanding their interactions with other organisms. In my bachelor I specialised in ecology and biodiversity, as well as plant physiology, biological control of insects, and plant-insect interactions. During my master I continued on the bio-interactions track and broadened my view to include microbes: I studied interactions between insects and fungi (exchange semester in the USA, University of Illinois), plants, insects, and bacteria (thesis), and also plants and fungi (internship).  

After obtaining my MSc degree, I continued at Wageningen University with my current PhD project:

 

Hide-and-seek: the role of pathogenic soil-borne fungi in natural grassland biodiversity

Grasslands are among the most diverse ecosystems on earth, with up to 89 plant species per m2! However, we currently do not understand the biological mechanisms underlying this diversity. It is hypothesized however, that soil-borne plant pathogenic fungi play a large role in regulating such vegetation patterns through the process of negative plant-soil feedback. In my PhD project, I aim to reveal specific interactions between these soil-borne fungi and the grassland plant species by investigating negative host density–dependence and the role of the neighbouring plant community. 

More fundamental knowledge on these plant-fungal interactions can also be applicable in agriculture, where improved intercropping designs can reduce pesticide inputs.

This project is part of the NWO VIDI-project of prof. Liesje Mommer.

For thesis opportunities, see the description in the TIP-database


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Hide-and-seek: the role of pathogenic soil-borne fungi in natural grassland biodiversity

Grasslands are among the most diverse ecosystems on earth, with up to 89 plant species per m2! However, we currently do not understand the biological mechanisms underlying this diversity. It is hypothesized however, that soil-borne plant pathogenic fungi play a large role in regulating such vegetation patterns through the process of negative plant-soil feedback. In my PhD project, I aim to reveal specific interactions between these soil-borne fungi and the grassland plant species by investigating negative host density –dependence and the role of the neighbouring plant community. More fundamental knowledge on these plant-fungal interactions can also be applicable in agriculture, where improved intercropping designs can reduce pesticide inputs.

For thesis opportunities, also see the project description in the tip-database!

This project is part of the NWO VIDI-project of prof. Liesje Mommer.

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