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  Does plant pathogen adaptation in environmental reservoirs and secondary host affect its virulence and risk for transmission?
  Dr V Friman, Prof M Brockhurst, Dr D Jeffares
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Even though opportunistic plant pathogens must survive in various natural. environments during transmission between hosts, this crucial part of their life-.
  TurboID-charging discovery of plant pathogen virulence and host defense mechanisms (JONESS20DTP)
  Prof J Jones
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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Plant pathogens cause disease and reduce crop yields, secreting "effector" proteins that target host. proteins and suppress immunity.
  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.
  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: 5 January 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.
  Functional analysis of fungal effector proteins in the barley/wheat powdery mildew plant-pathogen interactions.
  Dr L Bindschedler, Prof A Devoto
Applications accepted all year round

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Pathogens secrete small proteins called effectors or virulence factors which are important for the successful invasion of the host.
  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.
  *EASTBIO* Regulation of plant cell-to-cell communication
  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences Research Centre
  Dr J Tilsner
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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BBSRC Thematic Group. Frontier Bioscience. Background. Plasmodesmata are membrane-lined cytoplasmic channels which are of fundamental importance to plant development, stress responses and defence against pathogens.
  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.
  BBSRC EASTBIO PhD Programme: Molecular characterisation of plant disease resistance genes through novel Next-Generation Sequencing applications
  Dr I Hein, Dr M Bayer
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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This 4 year PhD project is part of a competition funded by EASTBIO BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/how-apply-0.
  China Scholarship Council - Molecular characterisation of plant disease resistance genes through novel Next-Generation Sequencing applications
  Dr I Hein
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020

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The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, joint with the China Scholarship Council (CSC), is proud to be able to offer a scholarship programme for postgraduate research students.
  How does the plant decode self- and non-self-signals to balance immune response and growth? (MENKES20DTPR)
  Dr F Menke, Prof N Talbot
Application Deadline: 2 December 2019

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Plants are constantly exposed to microbial signals and need to decode and integrate these signals with signaling processes controlling growth.
  A helping hand: signal transduction in plant immunity (BANFIELDJ20DTP)
  Prof M Banfield
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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Plant diseases are a continuous threat to food production and a major constraint on achieving global food security. One approach to restricting plant diseases is to understand how plant immune receptors recognise the presence of pathogens and transduce signals that lead to disease resistance.
  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.
  BBSRC EASTBIO PhD Programme: Boosting the signal –defining the signal amplification complex during plant perception of the environment
  Dr P Hemsley, Prof P Birch
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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This 4 year PhD project is part of a competition funded by EASTBIO BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/how-apply-0.
  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.
  Photoreceptor regulation of plant development
  Dr S Casson
Applications accepted all year round

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Plant growth and development is highly dependent on the light environment. Light provides energy to drive photosynthesis but light quality and quantity is also perceived by photoreceptors, which signal to regulate responses enabling plants to adapt to their environment.
  PhD Position in Plant-Microbe Interaction and Cell Biology
  Dr S Üstün
Application Deadline: 18 November 2019

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Research. Our group at the ZMBP Tübingen is interested in the role of the proteasome and autophagy during plant immunity. Recently, we have identified that Pseudomonas activates autophagy for proteasome degradation and enhanced pathogenicity (Üstün et al., 2018).
  What lurks beneath: unravelling the chemically-guided ecological interactions of Armillaria fungi, a devastating group of subterranean forest pathogen
  Dr James McDonald, Dr J Vuts
Application Deadline: 17 January 2020

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Armillaria species, are devastating fungal root-rot pathogens that affect over 500 woody plant species globally.
  BBSRC SWBio DTP studentship: Salad contamination with Listeria – improving food safety through understanding plant-bacterial interactions and development of novel detection methods
  Dr C Muller, Dr C Berger
Application Deadline: 2 December 2019

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Consumption of fresh produce such as salads is an important component of the human diet, protecting against a range of cancers and cardiovascular disease.
  Crosstalk between the circadian clock and innate immune system in plants
  Research Group: Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences
  Dr G van Ooijen, Dr S Spoel
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Involvement of the circadian clock in many aspects of human health is well recognised, but circadian input in plant immunity is not as well understood.
  EASTBIO Crosstalk between the circadian clock and innate immune system in plants
  Research Group: Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences
  Dr G van Ooijen, Dr S Spoel
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Involvement of the circadian clock in many aspects of human health is well recognised, but circadian input in plant immunity is not as well understood.
  BBSRC EASTBIO PhD Programme: How does jasmonate control cereal development?
  Dr S McKim, Dr J Bos
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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This 4 year PhD project is part of a competition funded by EASTBIO BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/how-apply-0.
  Mathematical modelling of actin in animals and plants. PhD in Mathematics (SWBio DTP)
  Dr D Richards
Application Deadline: 2 December 2019

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Lead Supervisor. Dr David Richards, Department of Mathematics, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter.
  What drives protein production and localization in a major fungal pathogen?
  Research Group: Institute of Cell Biology
  Dr E Wallace, Dr A Schnaufer
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Fungal pathogens such as Cryptococcus, Candida, and Aspergillus, are a global threat to human, animal, and plant health, and new understanding is essential to countering them (Cairns 2016).
  Biosensor for catching a cereal killer
  Dr R Gupta, Dr G Kettles
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019

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Background. Wheat is a staple food for about two billion people in the world.
  SCENARIO - Sensors for real-time monitoring of drinking water quality and treatment processes
  Dr D Lapworth, Dr T Bond
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Inactivation of pathogens with chlorine is an essential part of drinking water treatment. However, chlorine also generates harmful disinfection by-products from reactions with natural organic matter (NOM).
  Development of Botrytis fabae resistant faba beans
  Prof D O'Sullivan, Dr S Alves
Applications accepted all year round

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Europe faces a protein production challenge. Each year, it imports an average of 40 million tonnes (bean equivalent) of soya bean and soya meal to meet its needs for supplementary protein in feed, but it produces only 8 million tonnes of grain legume seeds.
  BBSRC White Rose DTP Studentship - Activators of microbial enzymes for enhanced C capture and decreased pathogen populations in arable soils.
  Prof J Leake, Prof D J Beerling, Dr D Epihov, Prof J Ton
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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A single gram of arable soil can contain more than a billion active bacteria and archaea cells that together with fungi form the soil microbiome, which provides a diverse range of biogeochemical functions.
  Nanoparticle conjugates for agricultural disease detection and diagnosis
  Dr L Wong, Prof J Micklefield
Applications accepted all year round

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Infectious diseases in plant crops present a significant socioeconomic burden globally, as they compromise the safety and reliability of food supply, as well as other agricultural products.
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