Understanding how temperature and UV-B affect plant development is of fundamental importance to agriculture, particularly with regard to global climate change. This project will capitalize on the recent identification of the UV-B photoreceptor, UVR8, to study the effects of temperature on UV-B signalling in the model, Arabidopsis thaliana. The work will be carried out in collaboration with Professor Gareth Jenkins at the University of Glasgow. The aims and objectives of the project will be determined through discussions with the successful applicant but will involve plant physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.
Please note, this is a highly prestigious studentship with an enhanced stipend and comprehensive training package. Only exceptional candidates will be considered.
This is a Sainsbury PhD studentship, funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation
(http://www.gatsby.org.uk/en/Plant-Science/Projects/Sainsbury-PhD-studentships.aspx) . The award will be made on a competitive basis, following interview.
Applicants from the University of Bristol are not eligible to apply.
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