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 fertility and plant nutrients uptake, 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.
Date Position Institution name 2004 - 2017 Full-time researcher Institute of Agricultural Science for Southern Vietnam
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 - 2014 Monash University Australia Master of Science (By research) 1999 - 2003 Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Bachelor of Science
Date Title Institution name Country 2014 Master of Science (by research) Monash University Australia 2003 Bachelor of Science Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Year Citation 2021 Tran, C. T. K., Watts-Williams, S. J., Smernik, R. J., & Cavagnaro, T. R. (2021). Root and arbuscular mycorrhizal effects on soil nutrient loss are modulated by soil texture. Applied Soil Ecology, 167, 104097.
2020 Tran, C. T., Watts-Williams, S. J., Smernik, R. J., & Cavagnaro, T. R. (2020). Effects of plant roots and arbuscular mycorrhizas on soil phosphorus leaching. Science of the Total Environment, 722, 137847-1-137847-9.
DOI Scopus4 WoS1
2018 ORITATE, F., CUC, T. T. K., USHIDA, M., MURAKAMI-SUZUKI, R., NAKAMURA, M., & YAMAOKA, M. (2018). Multiple Evaluations of Use of Digested Slurry from Methane Fermentation of Household Food Waste in Vegetable Growing in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly: JARQ, 52(4), 325-337.
2015 Kim Thi Tran, C., Rose, M., Cavagnaro, T., & Patti, A. (2015). Lignite amendment has limited impacts on soil microbial communities and mineral nitrogen availability. Applied Soil Ecology, 95, 140-150.
DOI Scopus15 WoS15 Europe PMC1
2011 Rose, M. T., Deaker, R., Potard, S., Tran, C. K. T., Vu, N. T., & Kennedy, I. R. (2011). The survival of plant growth promoting microorganisms in peat inoculant as measured by selective plate counting and enzyme-linked immunoassay. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 27(7), 1649-1659.
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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