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  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.
  Plant responses to stress, metabolites for health and fuel from cell walls.
  Prof A Devoto
Applications accepted all year round

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Projects are available in the following areas. Stress responses in crops and sustainable biomass production and processing. The project aims at elucidating several aspects of the control of plant defences and to identify environmentally friendly forms of plant protectants, leading to enhanced crop yields.
  Assessing the risk to plant health in the UK from future Agrilus invasions
  Dr L Kelly, Prof RA Nichols
Application Deadline: 14 June 2020

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A fully funded PhD studentship is available to start in September 2020, jointly supervised by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Dr Laura Kelly) and Queen Mary (Prof.
  Structural and functional significance of Mucoromycotina ‘fine root endophyte’ fungal associates of vascular land plants
  Prof K Field, Prof T J Daniell
Application Deadline: 1 July 2020

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The colonisation of the landmasses by plants >500 Mya was a major turning point in Earth’s history, drastically altering the development of the biosphere and providing the basis for all terrestrial life ever since.
  Circadian rhythms in plant-microbe interactions
  Prof G Bending, Dr I A Carré
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Plants live in close association with complex communities of microbes which together constitute their ‘microbiome’. The microbiome interacts with the plant in numerous ways; some microbes are beneficial and promote plant growth, while others are pathogens which reduce crop yields.
  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.
  Understanding and engineering virus resistance in plants
  Dr J Walsh, Dr G Teakle, Dr D Hackenberg
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Plant viruses are responsible for approximately half of the emerging plant diseases worlwide and cause severe yield losses in commercial crops.
  Plant and crop fertility: the evolution and impact of gene control networks
  Research Group: Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP)
  Prof D Twell, Dr R Badge
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Plant fertility is vitally dependent upon sexual reproduction and the differentiation of the male (sperm) and female (egg) gametes.
  Learning from plant cell walls as a path for innovations in food and material sciences
  Dr Y Benitez-Alfonso, Dr C Bosch
Applications accepted all year round

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The research will dissect the structural factors controlling cell walls and cell communication for two main purposes. to improve the health value of food crops and to design strategies for the valorisation of wasted plant materials.
  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.
  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.
  Build and destroy: investigating targeted protein degradation in plant development and stress-response
  Dr D Gibbs
Applications accepted all year round

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In order to effectively co-ordinate their growth and development, plants need to be able to respond to changes in their environment, whether it is adapting to the seasons or coping with stresses.
  Understanding signalling networks underpinning key developmental processes during plant evolution
  Research Group: BBSRC MIBTP
  Dr J C Coates
Applications accepted all year round

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Plants first appeared on land almost half a billion years ago. All land plants likely evolved from a single aquatic green algal ancestor.
  MSc by Research Programme: A synthetic community approach to define the genetic mechanisms underpinning plant-microbiota interactions in the rhizosphere
  Dr D Bulgarelli
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.
  MSc by Research Programme: Genetic interactions and novel genes that regulate lignin biosynthesis and straw quality in barley
  Dr C Halpin
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.
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