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  Plant-insect interactions in a changing world
  Dr S Gripenberg
Applications accepted all year round

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Insects associated with plants comprise one of the most diverse groups of species on earth. Their impact on the ecology and evolution of their host plants is widely recognised, as is their contribution to a number of important ecosystem functions.
  Novel, essential genes in lineages of pest insect species
  Dr K Panfilio, Dr D Hebenstreit
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Invasive insect pest species are a growing problem that severely impacts agriculture and crop plants. The UK Plant Health Risk Register currently recognizes over 1000 specific pests, with beetles (Coleoptera) and bugs (Hemiptera) among those recognized as high profile pests and those with rapidly changing statuses.
  Ecology of Insect Pests of Stored Products and Museums
  Dr G J Holloway
Applications accepted all year round

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Man stores many different products for a variety of purposes. Stored products include food, wood, clothing and also items in museums stored for posterity.
  Finding the right fungal friends: determining how plant defences against against insect herbivores are impacted by different mycorrhizal fungal communities.
  Dr A Frew
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Almost all plants on the planet are attacked by at least one, if not many, insect herbivores. Many of these insects have become pests of crops and they impact crop productivity.
  Molecular mechanisms of genomic imprinting in an insect
  Dr E Mallon, Dr C Tufarelli, Dr E Rosato
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Genomic imprinting is a phylogenetically widespread phenomenon, and genes have been shown to be imprinted in mammals, plants, and fungi, as well as insects.
  Climate change and the evolution of insect mating systems
  Dr SJ Cornell, Dr T Price
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The pervasiveness among animal species of polyandry – i.e., females mating with multiple males – perplexes evolutionary biologists, because it is costly to females (e.g.
  Developing a sustainable management system for the diamondback moth, a globally important crop pest
  Dr D Chandler, Dr G Teakle
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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The diamondback moth (DBM) Plutella xylostella is a brassica-feeding specialist and one of the most important pests worldwide, causing US$5 billion crop losses globally p.a.
  The role of insect-plant-fungus interactions in natural and managed systems
  Dr P E Hatcher
Applications accepted all year round

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Plants are attacked both by insects and pathogenic fungi, often at the same time, yet these are often studied by different specialists.
  Ecological and evolutionary interactions in insect symbiont communities
  Dr J Ferrari
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Most organisms host bacterial symbionts, which can substantially affect the biology of their hosts. For example, they can alter the host’s nutrition, reproduction, immunity and protect the host from environmental stresses.
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

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The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering aims to train the next generation of leaders at the interface of biology, engineering and data science.
  Examining the interactions between plant-feeding insects and symbiotic fungi
  Prof A Gange
Applications accepted all year round

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“Plants are not discrete entities, but instead are mergers of fungal cells with plant tissues”. This statement implies that every living plant has fungi living within the roots and shoots.
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

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The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering aims to train the next generation of leaders at the interface of biology, engineering and data science.
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

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The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering aims to train the next generation of leaders at the interface of biology, engineering and data science.
  MSc by Research Programme: Mechanisms underlying aphid effector virulence activity
  Dr J Bos
Application Deadline: 16 July 2020

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This course allows you to work alongside our world renowned experts from the School of Life Sciences and gain a ’real research’ experience.
  Bringing back the ashes – applying metabolomic approaches to save UK ash trees
  Prof M Grant, Assoc Prof L Song
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Ash dieback (ADB), caused by the invasive fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (Hf), has been a destructive disease of European ash (Fraxinus excelsior).
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