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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.
  How does clubroot obtain nutrients from its living plant host?
  Dr S A Rolfe
Applications accepted all year round

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Clubroot is an important pathogen of Brassica crops. The disease is found throughout the world and causes severe economic losses.
  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.
  How does a pathogen unlock the plasmodesmatal gates between neighbouring cells?
  Dr C Faulkner
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Cell-to-cell communication is fundamental to multicellular organisms. The exchange of information and resources between cells and tissues enables co-ordination of responses to environmental and developmental signals.
  Regulation of virulence and biofilm formation by quorum sensing and the "stress alarmone" ppGpp in gram-negative pathogenic bacteria.
  Dr M Welch
Applications accepted all year round

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We are investigating the complex interplay between cell-cell signalling (quorum sensing), microbial lifestyle (i.e., free-living planktonic cultures vs sessile biofilm communities), growth phase and virulence in gram-negative bacteria.
  Remodeling of plant proteolytic systems to boost biopharming and disease resistance
  Dr T Bozkurt, Dr F Guder
Application Deadline: 12 February 2020

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Autophagy is a self-eating machinery central to cellular homeostasis and coping with stress responses. In addition to facilitating removal of unwanted/foreign proteins in the lysosome, specialized forms of selective autophagy are co-opted to contribute to plant immunity.
  Identifying guidance mechanisms for plant immunity. Self Funded Biosciences PhD
  Dr M Deeks
Application Deadline: 27 January 2020

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Lead supervisor. Dr Mike Deeks, Department of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Project description. Phytopathogen contact with a plant triggers cell signalling that results in either the arrest of the pathogen or a disease-causing infection.
  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.
  Evolution Education Trust PhD project: Elucidation of chromatin remodelling mediated coordinated regulation of resistance gene clusters
  Dr V Cevik, Dr H-W Nützmann
Application Deadline: 5 February 2020

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The University of Bath is inviting applications for this PhD opportunity based at the Milner Centre for Evolution, a unique, cross-faculty research centre bridging biology, health and education.
  PhD in cellular and structural biology - Elucidating infection at the plant-microbe interphase to define targets for crop breeding
  Dr C Voigt
Applications accepted all year round

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Achieving food security is one of the most important global challenges. Crop production and yield has been increasingly threatened by plant pathogens in a rapidly changing environment.
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