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Saoirse Tracy

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Agriculture & Food Science
Agriculture and Food Science
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: 017167728
Email: saoirse.tracy@ucd.ie

Biography

My research interests include using X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) to understand the response of roots to the soil physical environment. I would like to apply my skills and experience of X-ray CT, soil science, hydrology, plant biology and image analysis to answer further questions about the rhizosphere and plant function. 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2012.
Title: University Endowed Postgraduate Prize
Year: 2013.
Title: Vice Chancellor's Achievement Award

Associations

Association: British Society of Soil Science , Function/Role: Full Member
       

Committees

Committee : Soil Science Society of Ireland
Committee : On the Management Committee (MC) for COST Action FA1306: The quest for tolerant varieties: Phenotyping at plant and cellular level

Employment

Employer: University of Nottingham
Position: Research Fellow

Education

Year 2008 Institution: University of Nottingham
Qualification: BSc Subject:
Year 2013 Institution: University of Nottingham
Qualification: PhD Subject:
   

Outreach Activities

I frequently take part in science outreach events at flower shows, science festivals, open days and elsewhere. 

Journals Edited

Soil Research: Reviewer.
Plos One: Reviewer.
European Journal Of Soil Science: Reviewer.
Journal Of Experimental Botany: Reviewer.
Plant Cell And Environment: Reviewer.
 

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Tracy SR, Mooney SJ, Sturrock CJ, Mairhofer S, Al-Traboulsi M, Bennett MJ, Pridmore TP, Lynch JP, Wells DM. (2015) 'Laboratory and field techniques for measuring root distribution and architecture' In: Ong C, Wilson J, Black CR (eds). Tree Crop interactions. England: CABI International Press. [DOI] [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Daly KR, Tracy SR, Crout N, Mairhofer S, Pridmore T, Mooney SJ, Roose T. (2017) 'Quantification of root water uptake in soil using X-ray Computed Tomography and image based modelling'. Plant, Cell and Environment, . [Details]
Tracy SR, Fernandez J, Sturrock CJ, Wilson Z, Ferguson A (2017) 'Non-destructive determination of floral staging in model crops using X-ray Micro Computed Tomography (µCT)'. Plant Methods, . [Details]
Daly KR, Mooney SJ, Bennett MJ, Crout N, Roose T, Tracy SR. (2015) 'Assessing the influence of the rhizosphere on soil hydraulic properties using X-ray micro Computed Tomography'. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66 (8):2305-2314. [DOI] [Details]
Tracy SR, Daly KR, Sturrock CJ, Crout N, Mooney SJ, Roose T. (2015) 'Three-dimensional quantification of soil hydraulic properties using X-ray Computed Tomography and image-based modeling'. Water Resources Research, 51 (2):1006-1022. [DOI] [Details]
Tracy SR, Black CR, Roberts JA, Dodd IC, Mooney SJ. (2015) 'Using X-ray Computed Tomography to explore the role of abscisic acid in moderating the impact of soil compaction on root system architecture'. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 110 :11-18. [DOI] [Details]
Zappala S, Helliwell JR, Tracy SR, Mairhofer S, Sturrock CJ, Pridmore T, Bennett M, Mooney SJ. (2013) 'Effects of X-ray dose on rhizosphere studies using X-ray Computed Tomography'. PLoS ONE, 8 (6):e67250. [DOI] [Details]
Mairhofer S, Zappala S, Tracy SR, Sturrock C, Bennett M, Mooney SJ, Pridmore T. (2013) 'Recovering complete plant root system architectures from soil via X-ray u-Computed Tomography'. Plant Methods, 9 :1-8. [DOI] [Details]
Tracy SR, Black CR, Roberts JA, Mooney SJ. (2013) 'Exploring the interacting effect of soil texture and bulk density on root system development in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.)'. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 91 :38-47. [DOI] [Details]
Zappala S, Mairhofer S, Tracy SR, Bennet M, Pridmore T, Mooney SJ. (2013) 'Quantifying the effect of soil moisture content on segmenting root system architecture in X-ray computed tomography images'. Plant and Soil, 370 :35-45. [Details]
Helliwell J, Sturrock C, Grayling K, Tracy SR, Whalley WR, Flavel R, Young IM, Mooney SJ. (2013) 'Applications of X‐ray computed tomography for examining biophysical interactions and structural development in soil systems: a review'. European Journal of Soil Science, 64 :279-297. [DOI] [Details]
Tracy SR, Black CR, Roberts JA, Sturrock C, Mairhofer S, Craigon J, Mooney SJ. (2012) 'Quantifying the impact of soil compaction on root system architecture in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) by X-ray micro- Computed Tomography (CT)'. Annals of Botany, 110 :511-519. [DOI] [Details]
Mairhofer S, Zappala S, Tracy SR, Sturrock C, Bennett M, Mooney SJ, Pridmore T. (2012) 'RooTrak: Automated recovery of 3D plant root architecture in soil from X-ray Micro Computed Tomography using visual tracking'. Plant Physiology, 158 :561-569. [Details]
Tracy SR, Black CR, Roberts JA, McNeill A, Davidson R, Tester M, Samec M, Koro¿ak D, Sturrock C, Mooney SJ. (2012) 'Quantifying the effect of soil compaction on three varieties of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) using X-ray Micro Computed Tomography (CT)'. Plant and Soil, 353 :195-208. [Details]
Tracy SR, Black CR, Roberts JA, Mooney SJ. 2011. (2011) 'Soil compaction: a review of past and present techniques for investigating effects on root growth'. Journal of Science and Food Agriculture, 91 :1528-1537. [Details]
Tracy SR, Roberts JA, Black CR, McNeill A, Davidson R, Mooney SJ. (2010) 'The X-factor: Visualizing undisturbed root architecture in soils using X-ray computed tomography'. Journal of Experimental Botany, 61 :311-313. [Details]
West HM, Tracy SR. (2009) 'The veterinary drug ivermectin influences immune response in the yellow dung fly (Scathophaga stercoraria)'. Environmental Pollution, 157 :955-958. [Details]

Other Journals

Dietrich, D., Pang, L., Kobayashi, A., Fozard, J. A., Boudolf, V., Bhosale, R., Tracy, S.R.... & Miyazawa, Y. (2017) 'Abscisic acid controls root hydrotropism via a cortex-specific growth regulatory mechanism' Nature Plants . [Details]
                                                                                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

Soil physical properties
Soil compaction
Roots
Root Phenotype  
Non-destructive imaging  
Rhizosphere
Fungi
Biodiversity
Soil Biology
Water movement in soil 
Hydrology  

Research Projects

Sponsor : Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Title : PICS: Physiology Infrastructure for Crop Stress
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-17 / 31-DEC-17
Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : Influence of root:soil interactions to enhance plant resilience to abiotic stress in Irish cereal crops
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-17 / 30-SEP-21
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19
Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : Investigating the impact of nitrogen source and management on nitrogen cycling and nitrous oxide emission from agricultural soils using Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-16 / 30-SEP-20
Sponsor : Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Title : Integrated Plant Phenomics & Future Experimental Climate Platform
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-16 / 31-DEC-17
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Start-Up Programme for New Staff
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-15 / 28-FEB-17
Sponsor : Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Title : Integrated Plant Phenomics & Future Experimental Climate Platform
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-16 / 31-DEC-17
 

Current Postgraduate Students

David Hobson, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Co-Supervisor
Conor Bracken, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Secondary Supervisor
Sujit Jung Karki, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Secondary Supervisor
Asaf Shnel, Agriculture (MSc(Agr))   -   Thesis Co-Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Modules Coordinated

201700   AESC40470     Agricultural&Environmental Sci: Practical Research Skills
201700   AESC40390     Agricultural&Environmental Sci: Human Impact on the Environmnt
201700   AESC40660     Agricultural&Environmental Sci: Plants, Roots and Productivity

Enhancement of Teaching

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Developing as a Teacher

Innovation & Leadership

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

School of Agriculture and Food Science
School of Biology and Environmental Science

External Collaborators