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  Transcriptional battles in plant-pathogen interactions: understanding and re-wiring gene regulatory networks to enhance disease resistance
  Prof K Denby, Prof I A Graham
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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The severity of plant disease is determined by a battle between pathogen virulence and host plant immunity – understanding this relationship is key to developing sustainable methods of pathogen control.
  Nucleoside decoys, unravelling a novel plant pathogen virulence strategy
  Prof M Grant, Dr V Ntoukakis, Assoc Prof L Song
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Ensuring food security is critically important to our next generation and this encompasses a increase in productivity of 50% by 2050! We currently we lose 25-40% of global crop production to plant pathogens, thus significant progress could be made through improved plant disease resistance.
  Metals and host-pathogen interactions: the role of metal handling systems in the human gastrointestinal pathogen Campylobacter jejuni
  Dr J Cavet, Dr D Linton
Applications accepted all year round

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Campylobacter jejuni is a globally important food-borne pathogen causing an estimated 400-500 million cases of acute human gastroenteritis each year.
  Targeting the Arms Factory: The emerging role of the endoplasmic reticulum in plant immunity
  Prof L Frigerio, Dr E Breeze, Prof M Grant
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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As the protein factory of the cell, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) underpins the production, folding and quality control of proteins, as well as lipid biosynthesis.
  Developing phage therapy to control plant pathogenic bacteria in the rhizosphere microbiome
  Dr V Friman
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Plant pathogenic bacteria cause considerable economic losses to food production systems. The main reason for this is that hardly any effective control methods exist to mitigate this damage.
  Listeria monocytogenes in food supply chains – the persistent pathogen (Ref: SF20/APP/FOX)
  Dr E Fox
Applications accepted all year round

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The foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes is an important contaminant of food products and associated supply chains, and has caused significant outbreaks of disease through consumption of contaminated food products.
  Ecosystem resilience to pathogens: understanding the interplay between pathogen host shifts and coevolutionary dynamics (Funded by the QUEX Institute)
  Dr J Engelstaedter
Application Deadline: 15 June 2020

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Pathogens are an inevitable part of every ecosystem. In humans as well as in livestock and natural systems, the majority of pathogens have only arrived in their host species relatively recently, by switching from a different host species.
  Targeting pathogen subversion of cellular ageing to combat antimicrobial-resistant typhoid fever
  Dr D Humphreys, Dr T Darton
Applications accepted all year round

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Antimicrobial-resistant typhoid fever is fuelled by chronic Salmonella carriage. The world faces epidemics of untreatable typhoid fever caused by antimicrobial-resistant strains of Salmonella Typhi (~27 million cases/year).
  What happens within? Organellular interactions during plant disease and defence
  Prof M Grant, Prof L Frigerio
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Crop losses due to biotic stress contribute disproportionately to yield losses, generally accounting for ~25% of the crop. Thus, developing novel approaches to restricting pathogen infections of crops and consequently yields must be a key futurey objective.
  Using genotype-to-phenotype analyses to identify the genetic determinants of gastroenteritis caused by the food-borne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni
  Dr C D Bayliss, Prof J Ketley
Applications accepted all year round

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Campylobacter jejuni is the major causative agent of foodborne gastroenteritis across Europe. Contaminated chicken meat is the main source of infections and hence control of this pathogen is critical to food security in the poultry industry.
  Uncovering new signalling nodes in the interaction between wheat and the fungal pathogen Mycosphaerella graminicola (Septoria tritici)
  Prof A Sadanandom, Prof A Gatehouse
Application Deadline: 27 May 2020

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Mycosphaerella graminicola is an economically important fungal pathogen of wheat leaves and the causal agent of Septoria tritici blotch disease (STB).
  Adaptation of the major human pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae to multispecies environments
  Dr K Fröhlich
Application Deadline: 25 June 2020

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The Cluster of Excellence “Balance of the Microverse” of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, combines expertise in life, material, optical and computational sciences to elevate microbiome studies from descriptive to hypothesis-driven and functional analyses.
  Phage therapy as a treatment of Equine Strangles, and causative bacterial pathogen Streptococcus equi (ref: SF20/APP/SMITH4)
  Dr D Smith
Applications accepted all year round

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Streptococcus equi is an important equine bacterial pathogen causing the disease ‘strangles’, which affects both Thoroughbred and non-Thoroughbred horses around the world.
  Transport of essential nutrients across the outer membrane of a bacterial pathogen
  Dr M Thomas
Applications accepted all year round

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Gram-negative bacteria possess a second membrane, the outer membrane (OM), that serves as an additional line of defence against noxious agents, including antibiotics.
  Investigation of complement-bacteria-phage interactions in a Neisseria gonorrhoeae biofilm model
  Dr A Sagona, Prof E M H Wellington
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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The problem of antimicrobial resistance is serious worldwide and the scientific community is faced with new challenges every day, which require new approaches.
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