Emerging contaminants in the agro-ecosystem

Wednesday 14 December 2022
12:00pm - 12:40pm
Online event
Lectures and seminars
General public

The Global Food and Environment Institute (GFEI) is delighted to invite you to join our December 2022 webinar ‘Emerging contaminants in the agro-ecosystem'.

During this talk Dr Laura Carter will highlight the findings of her research in this area. Dr Carter is an Associate Professor in Soil and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Leeds, UK. Her research focuses on understanding the fate and uptake of emerging contaminants in the natural environment, with particular focus on soil-plant systems.

Research in the group focuses understanding the risks associated with emerging contaminants in the environment which are inadvertently introduced following the reuse of materials to land such as sewage sludge, manure and wastewater. This has recently been supported through a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to evaluate the risk of emerging contaminants in soil-plant systems. Circular economy principles and sustainable agricultural practices are encouraging the widespread use of these materials in the agro-environment without considering the risk these bioactive chemicals pose to soil and plant health.

This seminar will present some of the early results from this project including the impact of anti-fungal pharmaceuticals on plant growth and development and our prioritisation exercise to evaluate chemicals are expected to pose the greatest risk to the environment. Results will also be presented from our recently funded project, SPADE (Soil Pollution Assessment Delivery) which aims to map hotspots of chemical pollution in UK soils.

Welcome and introductions from the Chair, followed by a 20-minute webinar presented by Dr Laura Carter, and 10 minutes for Q&A. The seminar will be chaired by Professor Paul Kay, School of Geography, University of Leeds. Please email globalfood@leeds.ac.uk with any queries.