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.
Year Citation 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.
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 Scopus13 WoS12 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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