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  Novel Approaches to Engaging Land Managers in Monitoring the Impact of Agri-Environment-Climate Schemes
  Dr K Prager, Prof S Redpath
Applications accepted all year round

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Agri-environment-climate schemes (AECS) are a voluntary policy mechanism to incentivise and compensate farmers for undertaking environmental measures as part of their land management.
  Sustaining partnership approaches – evaluating effectiveness, health and longevity of agri-environmental collaboratives
  Dr K Prager, Dr T Potts
Applications accepted all year round

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A multitude of partnerships have developed between actors from the farming, environment, conservation, community, business and government sectors.
  QUADRAT DTP: Climate change impacts on seasonal water storage and flow: implications for environmental management
  Dr J Geris, Dr D Mullan
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Catchment water storage is one of the most important functions controlling water availability and streamflow. Where and when water is stored and how different ’stores’ (e.g.
  QUADRAT DTP: Do plant communities manipulate soil for drought resistance?
  Prof P Hallett, Prof M Emmerson
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Plants have differing abilities to engineer soil to make them more productive and stable under stress, but the mechanisms that underpin processes remain poorly understood, despite their significance to soil sustainability, food security and climate change.
  QUADRAT DTP: Environmental change and the epidemiology of a multi-host pathogen: Leptospira in Africa
  Dr M Moseley, Prof E Morgan
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Multi-host pathogens include some the most important pathogens of livestock and humans. These pathogens are maintained in complex ecological reservoirs that are comprised of epidemiologically connected animal host populations and environments (Viana et al., 2014).
  QUADRAT DTP: Optimising water saving management systems for rice grown in saline/sodic environments
  Dr G Norton, Prof A Meharg
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Increases in soil salinity and sodicity are major restrictions on global crop production.
  QUADRAT DTP: The cost of being a fussy eater – Oligolectic pollinators and environmental change
  Dr F Manfredini, Dr L Scott
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Insect pollinators provide fundamental ecosystem services to natural and human-dominated communities. Different pollinators have different abilities to cope with environmental changes, due to differences in their behaviour, physiology and life-history traits.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - 100 years of plant breeding – what have we done to the seed microbiome?
  Dr K Farrar, Dr C Howarth, Dr N Ellis, Dr A Mikaberidze
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Humans have domesticated plants for millennia, with cereals first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East around 9000 BCE.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - A machine learning approach to the metabolic profiling of a diverse heritage collection of apples and pears
  Dr D Thorogood, Prof L A Terry, Dr A Winters, Dr M Anastasiadi
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. The project will provide an excellent opportunity for a bio-sciences graduate to develop highly transferrable skills in computational biology using big data analytics.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Deep learning based phenotyping of crop seed banks and herbaria
  Dr J Doonan, Dr L Tang, Dr CL Lu, Dr D Thorogood
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Biodiversity underpins long term sustainability of both ecosystems and agriculture. The study of biodiversity, as represented by Herbaria, is one of the oldest branches of biology stretching back at least 400 years.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Identifying beneficial plant-microbial interactions using multi-omic approaches
  Dr M Swain, Dr S Cameron, Dr K Farrar
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Microbes known as endophytes are usually bacteria or fungi, which live within specific plant tissues without causing disease.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Variation in forages for improved micronutrient nutrition in livestock
  Dr S Palmer, Dr S Stergiadis, Prof A Kingston-Smith, Mr P Billings
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Milk is a rich source of protein, calcium, iodine, magnesium and manganese, and is seen as a key mechanism via which health and nutrition can be improved in many countries, developed and developing alike.
  FoodBioSystems BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership – PhD studentships available

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 Call for PhD Researchers across the Agriculture-Food Value chain. FoodBioSystems is a BBSRC funded doctoral training partnership (DTP) which brings together 6 universities internationally recognised for their expertise in agriculture, food and nutrition, as well as fundamental bioscience disciplines.
  KESS 2 East Scholarship: Determining the potential for precision grazing to improve the resilience of livestock production systems.
  Dr P Williams, Dr J Gibbons
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Applications are invited for a three-year research PhD studentship in improving the economic and environmental performance of pasture-based livestock production systems through better utilisation of grass.
  KESS 2 East Scholarship: Meeting environmental targets while maintaining profitability for the sheep and beef sectors in Wales.
  Dr J Gibbons, Prof P A Williams
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Applications are invited for a three-year research PhD studentship in developing integrated environmental and economic guidance for livestock farmers.
  KESS 2 East Scholarship: Strategies for meeting targets for ammonia emissions and nitrate leaching reduction for Welsh beef and sheep farms
  Prof D Chadwick, Dr P Williams
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Applications are invited for a three-year research PhD studentship that focuses on strategies for reducing ammonia emissions and nitrate leaching for Welsh beef and sheep farms.
  KESS 2 East Scholarship: Strategies to reach zero carbon sheep and beef production on Welsh farms
  Prof D Chadwick, Dr D Styles
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Applications are invited for a three-year research PhD studentship that focuses on strategies to reach zero carbon beef and sheep production in Wales.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Developing a new energy efficient technology for dewatering of food materials
  Dr V Stojceska, Dr A Chatzifragkou, Prof S Tassou
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. The food and beverage industry is the second highest energy-consuming sector in the UK that has experienced only modest reductions in energy usage over recent decades.
  FoodBioSystems BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership – PhD studentships available

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 Call for PhD Researchers across the Agriculture-Food Value chain. FoodBioSystems is a BBSRC funded doctoral training partnership (DTP) which brings together 6 universities internationally recognised for their expertise in agriculture, food and nutrition, as well as fundamental bioscience disciplines.
  Lighting the Way - Adventures in Fruit Spectroscopy
  Prof K Walsh, Dr P Subedi
Applications accepted all year round

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Join Northern Australia's agricultural innovator, CQU's Institute for Future Farming Systems - a world-leader in delivering practical solutions which are bolstering the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the horticulture sectors.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Predicting the ripening behaviour of mango fruit through an understanding of the progression of ripening events
  Dr M Alamar, Dr M Chadwick, Dr S Kourmpetli, Prof L A Terry
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Mangoes (Magnifera indica L.) are the second most consumed tropical fruit in the UK, with imports consistently rising during the last five years.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Reducing potato losses by creating a predictive model for black dot disease
  Prof L A Terry, Prof J Doonan, Ms T Jeary, Dr F Rezwan
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 aims to reduce food losses and waste by 50% by 2030.
  Can we develop tools for securing Lawtonian landscape resilience?
  Dr R Corstanje, Prof J Harris
Application Deadline: 27 January 2020

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Lawton (2010) reviewed England’s biodiversity and ecological networks and concluded that biodiversity sites did not comprise a coherent and resilient ecological network, in the face of a changing climate and threats to biodiversity.
  Earth observation for sustainable sugarcane production
  Dr D Simms, Dr P Burgess
Application Deadline: 27 January 2020

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Sugarcane production must address the challenge between the need to increase crop production and improve labour productivity whilst improving the efficiency of water and fertiliser use (Hess et al, 2016).
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Biostimulants improve soil and plant conditions to enhance the health-relatedproperties of fresh produce
  Prof J Rickson
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Growing enough food to feed 10 billion people by 2050 is a global challenge. However, less attention is paid to the changing nutritional quality of food and how this affects human health.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Development of different natural biopesticide formulations of plant extracts for control of economically important cereal and grass diseases
  Prof N Magan, Dr G W Griffith, Dr A Medina Vaya, Dr S Palmer
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. In todays’ cropping systems, crop protection chemicals are used extensively to maintain crop productivity and reduce pest/disease damage.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - DSS4Food - Development of a novel and effective post-harvest decision support system (DSS) for stored cereals to minimise mould spoilage and mycotoxins in food
  Dr A Medina Vaya, Prof R Krska, Prof N Magan, Dr J Meneely
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. UK grain production represents a value of £2 Billion in ex-farm gate value. Post-harvest losses and rejection due to fungal spoilage and mycotoxin contamination often represents between 5-10% of this value, especially in wet harvest years.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Evaluating epigenetic and transcriptomic adaptations to climate change in Brasicca napus (oilseed rape)
  Dr F Mohareb, Dr J Hammond, Dr F Rezwan, Dr M Anastasiadi
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. The recent heat wave events witnessed over the past few years across the UK as a result of change in the global climate, represents a serious threat to agriculture.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Evaluating the sustainability and nutritional benefits of alternative production systems and foods
  Dr A Williams, Prof R Murphy, Dr S Lanham-New, Dr K Garnett
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. This is a great opportunity to tackle two major challenges to humanity. environmental degradation and poor nutrition.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Reducing seed loss and waste in umbelliferous crops
  Dr S Kourmpetli, Dr L Bell
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Umbelliferae species flower and set seed over a period of about 6 weeks depending on weather conditions.
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