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Dr Annette Ryan

Laboratory Manager, Lab Manager

Annette Ryan

Lancaster University

LEC Building



Research overview

I manage the Soils and Ecosystem Ecology Research Laboratory at Lancaster Environment Centre. Our research focuses mainly upon plant-soil interactions and soil biogeochemistry. Facilities include analysis of C, N and P in tissues and extracts, phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) and enzyme assays, raw fibre analysis, soil respiration and soil density fractionation. We also have a range of field equipment including infra-red gas analyses for measurement of respiration and photosynthesis and hand held soil moisture meters.

My previous research used a phenotyping platform to explore the efficiency with which cereal crops use water and how whole plant transpiration responded to changing atmospheric vapour pressure deficit.  I also investigated whether improving plant responses to oxidative stress can influence water use efficiency.

Web Links

Plant and Soil Ecology Research Laboratory



EU Drought Tolerant Yielding Plants: 



Sustainable Agriculture Lancaster University:



Atmospheric Science Lancaster University:


Research Grants

2007 Successfully bid for student bursary to cover travel, accomodation and conference registration to attend the Gordon Research Conference "Biogenic Hydrocarbons and the Atmosphere" Ventura, CA

2008 Awarded student bursary (£531) to cover cost of conference registration and accomodation at the NCAS conference. 

2012 Successfully bid for financial support from the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University to purchase a portable photosynthesis system (LiCOR 6400XT). Awarded £30 K

2014 Part of a sucessful bid for financial support to purchase a Total Organic Carbon with Total Nitrogen Analyser (Shimadzu TOC-L-TN).

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