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Agronomy & Soil Science PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

We have 65 Agronomy & Soil Science PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  QUADRAT DTP CASE: Waste to Land - Differential priming of soil carbon driven by additions of organic wastes
  Dr L Mbadugha, Dr P Williams
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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The application of organic wastes (from food and agricultural residues) to land is becoming an increasingly popular method of waste management, on both national and international scale.
  QUADRAT DTP: Automated soil profiling: identification of soil characteristics using Machine Learning and image analysis
  Dr Q Gan, Prof J McKinley
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Soil properties, such as porosity, bulk density, soil water contact are subjected to change due to complex interacting process, including physical, chemical and biological process.
  QUADRAT DTP: Do plant communities manipulate soil for drought resistance?
  Prof P Hallett, Prof M Emmerson
Application Deadline: 22 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: Modelling metagenomics-derived microbial traits in soils under climate change
  Dr A Malik, Dr T Caruso
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Background. Microorganisms are critical in terrestrial carbon cycling because their growth and activity largely control the fate of recent plant carbon inputs as well as protected soil organic carbon (SOC).
  QUADRAT DTP: Optimising water saving management systems for rice grown in saline/sodic environments
  Dr G Norton, Prof A Meharg
Application Deadline: 22 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: 22 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.
  QUADRAT DTP: The potential impact of Zero Budget Natural Farming in India on food availability, poverty alleviation and soil degradation
  Prof J Smith, Dr C Meharg
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Under business-as-usual, by 2050, 60% of India’s population is likely to experience severe deficiencies in calories, digestible protein and fat [1].
  The Impact of Changes in Management, Climate and Sea Level on Blue Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Coastal Wetlands
  Prof J Smith, Dr A Brand, Prof D Paterson, Prof J Baxter
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Coastal wetlands provide numerous critical ecosystem services, including storm surge protection, fisheries production, improvement of water quality, and carbon sequestration, and are potentially one of the most effective ecosystems on the planet for slowing global warming.
  Dangerous beauty? Environmental risk perceptions and public policy preferences for ornamental horticulture in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa
  Dr J Fried
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Wanted - exceptional doctoral candidates to undertake trailblazing, transformative research alongside outstanding early-career researchers.
  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).
  Identifying the key soil, water and crop sensing, and forecasting parameters for the proper implementation of automated irrigation systems in strategically ponded rice cropping.
  Assoc Prof John Hornbuckle, Dr Carlos Ballester Lurbe
Application Deadline: 1 February 2020

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Background. Water is a key input into the rice industry. Water scarcity and increased competition across multiple irrigation industries is raising the interest of the rice industry in irrigation techniques that minimise water application, such as the alternate wetting and drying (AWD) and delayed permanent water (DPW).
  Monitoring and managing aquatic weeds in irrigation channels - Remote Sensing
  Assoc Prof John Hornbuckle, Dr Tony Dugdale
Application Deadline: 1 February 2020

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Background. Aquatic weed management is a major issue for many irrigation companies throughout Australia and across the globe.
  Data Analytics For Pore Water Pressure - New Tools For Sustainable Groundwater and Engineering Projects
  Prof W Timms
Applications accepted all year round

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This new PhD scholarship will develop advanced pore pressure analysis for groundwater systems with engineering applications in civil construction, mining operations and water supply systems.
  Fully-funded PhD positions in several natural sciences & engineering disciplines

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Join an internationally renowned scientific community with the Hector FellowPhD program. PhD students benefit not only from the experience of the program, but also from the network of Hector Fellows.
  Molecular Genetics of Durable Disease Resistance in Wheat
  Prof S Krattinger
Applications accepted all year round

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The identification of agriculturally important genes in wheat had long been limited by its large genome, which is five times larger than the human genome.
  ‘Cos’ it’s worth it! Investigating how to mitigate ozone damage to salad crops
  Dr K Ashworth
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Ground-level ozone is a powerful oxidant that causes severe damage to plant cells. In fast-growing leafy salad crops, the first symptom is often visible injury (discolouration or spotting of leaves) which can be difficult to distinguish from signs of nutrient deficiency.
  Bridging the crop-soil-water phosphorus gap: Managing phosphorus for sustainable crop production and sustainable water
  Dr J Davies
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Phosphorus (P) sits at the heart of our DNA and the centre of our food system as a widely used agricultural fertilizer. Increased use of P fertilizers over the past 60 years has supported food production and growing populations, but their use also presents us with a number of inter-related sustainability challenges.
  iPotato: Using smart technologies to spot internal defects in potato
  Dr M McAinsh
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Damaged crops cost the UK potato industry over £200 per hectare. Although disease contributes to crop losses, internal tuber defects that are undetectable from the outside (e.g.
  The role of lateral and tree transport in methane cycling in tropical peatlands
  Dr S Pangala
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Tropical peatlands in Southeast Asia have sequestered carbon over thousands of years and are an important global carbon stock.
  Tracking changes in Archean ocean chemistry: Experimental constraints on the magnitude of stable isotope fractionation during the development of banded iron formations.
  Dr A McCoy West
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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PhD projects which will place new constraints on the evolution of the early Earth, which encompass both high and low temperature geochemistry, isotope geochemistry and igneous/metamorphic petrology are available at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
  Tracking changes in Archean ocean chemistry: New insights by applying a coupled stable isotope approach in banded iron formations
  Dr A McCoy West
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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PhD projects which will place new constraints on the evolution of the early Earth, which encompass both high and low temperature geochemistry, isotope geochemistry and igneous/metamorphic petrology are available at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
  Understanding the evolution of Archean mafic rocks: Amphibolite inclusions as a window to understanding the past.
  Dr A McCoy West
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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PhD projects which will place new constraints on the evolution of the early Earth, which encompass both high and low temperature geochemistry, isotope geochemistry and igneous/metamorphic petrology are available at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
  Using the composition of tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite magmas from the Pilbara and Yilgarn cratons to understand early crustal growth.
  Dr A McCoy West
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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The granitoids of the Pilbara and Yilgarn cratons of Western Australia include the tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite suite, sanukitoids and potassic granites and provide a record of development of the Earth’s continental lithosphere during the Archean.
  ONEPlanet DTP: Interventions to reduce the impact of climate change and other environmental stresses on oak health (OP20317)
  Dr R Gaulton
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Oak trees are a hugely valuable component of the UK’s treescape, providing a wealth of ecosystem services in addition to their cultural importance.
  Can organic substrates from insect bioconversion systems provide sustainable crop nutrition and protection? (IAF2002)
  Dr M Wakefield, Dr E Lopez-Capel
Application Deadline: 14 February 2020

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The concept of using insects to reduce organic waste and to derive high value products from the insects has been researched for the past few decades and has recently been taken up by a number of companies globally for the production of protein for inclusion in animal feed.
  Combatting pesticide resistance (IAF2003)
  Dr N Audsley, Dr D George
Application Deadline: 14 February 2020

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Resistance to synthetic chemical insecticides in several key pest species and the restrictions in conventional pesticide is threatening the production of some major crops in the UK.
  Developing next-generation multiplexed assays for in-field monitoring of crop pests and physiological status (IAF2004)
  Prof W Willats
Application Deadline: 14 February 2020

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Crop production faces significant challenges in relation to sustainability, resilience and profitability.
  Growing systems for sustainable soils and societies: Investigating the impact of tillage type andproduction inputs on crop performance, soil health, below-ground biodiversity and carbon buildingcapacity. (IAF2006)
  Dr J Cooper, Dr D George
Application Deadline: 14 February 2020

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Current social, environmental and political drivers will shape the future of global agriculture and place increased emphasis on our cropping systems to deliver healthy, biodiverse soils that can simultaneously store carbon and feed a growing human population.
  The Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) - 3 year PhD Studentships

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The Institute of Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) is a joint venture between Newcastle University & Fera Science Ltd.
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