Two graduate research assistantships are available in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. One student will participate in a large multistate, multidisciplinary project aimed at managing diseases in organic tomato production systems. Specifically, they will investigate factors affecting the development of disease suppressive soils and survival of individual isolates with suppressive activity. The other student will participate in a statewide effort investigating relationships between soil management and the nutritional quality and safety of vegetables grown on urban farms. Factors affecting the bioavailability of heavy metals and survival of foodborne pathogens in these systems will be emphasized. Preferred qualifications include academic training in soil science, microbiology, ecology, plant pathology, horticulture and/or food science, experience conducting laboratory assays to characterize the composition and activity of soil and plant-associated microbial communities, and interest in engaging with growers through outreach and participatory research activities. Interested candidates should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org describing their background, why they are interested in these topics and how a graduate program in this area would help them achieve their long-term career goals.
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