Belinda Martin

I am a PhD student (still!) within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Western Australia. My main area of research is in plant health and microbial functions in ecosystems. To date, this research has focused on rhizosphere environments, which is the zone of soil that is influenced by plant roots. My research in this area has included working on unraveling wheat-rhizoctonia interactions whist working at the CSIRO and investigating the role of plant root exudates in enhancing bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons. My current PhD research is in seagrass rhizospheres. The aim of this current research is to gain a greater understanding of the interaction among seagrass roots, sediments and microbial communities in order to improve management of these essential coastal ecosystems.