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Associate professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Peter Mortimer is a soil ecologist for the World Agroforestry Centre in Kunming, and an Associate Professor at the Kunming Institute of Botany. After having completed his PhD in plant physiology at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, Peter took up his current position in Kunming. He specializes in agroforestry systems and soil biology, focusing on multipurpose trees, root symbioses and soil communities, and the interactions surrounding these relationships. Peter is presently involved in a number of projects, however the two primary areas of focus are investigating the effects that indigenous nitrogen-fixing trees have on soil communities and soil nutrition, and secondly, the distribution of indigenous mushroom species within the Greater Mekong Subregion region and the related above/below ground interactions between these mushroom species and the surrounding vegetation.


  • –present
    Research Associate, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences