Cuc Tran

Cuc Tran

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

Cuc Tran is currently a final-year PhD candidate in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at The University of Adelaide. Her major research interests are soil biological and ecological processes, particularly the potential application of microbial technologies and products to improve soil and plant nutrients, thus enhancing plant yields and reducing chemical fertilizer inputs.

Her current PhD project at The University of Adelaide involves understanding how arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), which are widespread soil fungi groups, impact soil nutrients loss. Although we have a fundamental understanding of how plants acquire phosphorus (P) via the mycorrhizal pathway, the mechanisms of how these fungi affect P leaching loss from soil is still unclear. To address this knowledge gap, the shifts of P soil pool, P plant uptake and various types of P compounds in leachate under mycorrhizal symbiosis conditions, have been examined. The contribution of soil texture, soil microbial communities and plant roots during the leaching event are also included in this study.

2017- current: University of Adelaide Research Scholarship (UARS)-International Student scholarship (formerly Adelaide Scholarship International) for Doctor of Philosophy degree
2012-1014: Australian Development Scholarship for Master of Science degree at The Monash University (Melbourne)

18th March 2009 – 8th May 2009: Australian Leadership Awards at The University of Sydney 

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