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  SEESALT: Novel ways to ’SEE’ coastal ’SALT’ marshes using low-cost drones and sensors
  Dr D Green, Dr D Mauquoy
Applications accepted all year round

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Saltmarshes are found extensively along low wave energy coastlines resulting from fine sediment accumulation and vegetation establishment.
  Images in the medical and life sciences
  Dr U Stegmann, Dr L Moretti
Applications accepted all year round

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Pictorial representations and images (e.g. photographs and diagrams) are common in the medical and life sciences. Examples include fMRI images and micrographs.
  Investigating the impact of beekeeping on wild pollinator populations in rural Cambridgeshire
  Research Group: Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG)
  Dr O Norfolk, Dr A Helden, Dr T Ings
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG) https://aru.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/applied-ecology.
  Lighting the Way - Adventures in Fruit Spectroscopy
  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.
  Low-cost paper-based sensors for rapid monitoring of water quality PhD
  Dr Z Yang, Dr F Coulon, Dr F Hassard
Application Deadline: 16 June 2020

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Microbiological contamination of water used for human consumption presents high risks to human health, and it occurs throughout low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
  Dominant variation to improve quantitative traits in polyploid wheat (UAUYJ20ERC)
  Dr C Uauy
Application Deadline: 17 June 2020

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Wheat provides 20% of the calories and protein consumed by humans. The world population will reach 9 billion by 2050, which requires food production to more than double.
  Unravelling the mechanisms of long-distance mRNA movement (MORRISJ20ERC)
  Prof R Morris
Application Deadline: 17 June 2020

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You will join an international team of researchers funded by the European Research Council on elucidating the features, function and transport of mobile RNA.
  International Ph.D. Programs in the Life Sciences

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The Life Science Zurich Graduate School consists of several highly competitive Ph.D. programs. We are run jointly by the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich.
  IMPRS "From Molecules To Organisms”

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Our PhD program in the life sciences places special emphasis on interdisciplinary interactions. We want to train the next generation of scientists to study complex biological processes that cannot be adequately understood within the limits of a single discipline.
  BBSRC CTP four-year studentships for October 2020

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 The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC ) has awarded a Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) grant to a consortium led by Berry Gardens Growers Ltd and NIAB EMR.
  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.
  Our Mission: to Educate, Nurture and Discover for the benefit of Human Health

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Our ultimate purpose is to work in service of patients. RCSI was founded by Royal Charter on 11th February 1784, to set and support professional standards for surgical training and practice in Ireland.
  Cell cycle regulation in Arabidopsis
  Prof L Bogre
Applications accepted all year round

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Plant growth is tightly controlled by environmental factors. We investigate how these stress and growth stimulatory factors regulate plant growth and cell cycle.
  Examining the interactions between plant-feeding insects and symbiotic fungi
  Prof A Gange
Applications accepted all year round

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“Plants are not discrete entities, but instead are mergers of fungal cells with plant tissues”. This statement implies that every living plant has fungi living within the roots and shoots.
  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.
  Transcription factors mediating light input to the Arabidopsis circadian clock
  Dr P Devlin
Applications accepted all year round

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The circadian clock is tightly tied to the light environment. Transcriptional feedback loops are able to generate a self-sustaining rhythm of approximately 24 hours which impinges on almost every aspect of physiology in higher organisms.
  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.
  Strategies for Increasing Crop Stress Tolerance
  Research Group: Ecology and Evolution
  Dr G Johnson
Applications accepted all year round

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Humanity is facing a growing food crisis – the “perfect storm” of growing world populations and changing climates mean we urgently need to increase crop productivity, including by increasing environmental stress tolerance.
  “Talking” trees and the ecology of underground fungal super-highways
  Prof D Johnson
Applications accepted all year round

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Introduction. Recent exciting discoveries have shown that plants respond to herbivore-induced signals from neighbours via underground fungal networks1-3.
  Development and Evolution of Shapes: Investigating the genetic pathways governing the leaf shape in Arabidopsis
  Dr M Kim, Prof S Turner
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The shapes and sizes of organisms and organs are scrupulously conserved within a species. What regulates the shapes and sizes of organisms and their lateral organs are intriguing and fundamental questions in Biology.
  Investigation of a Novel Regulator of Plant Yield and Fitness in Plants
  Dr P Gallois, Dr G Johnson
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Autophagy is an incredibly important and highly conserved process across eukaryotes and involves the regulated destruction of unnecessary or damaged components within the cell.
  Understanding cellulose synthesis in plants
  Prof S Turner, Prof S High
Applications accepted all year round

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It is clear that there is now enormous pressure to develop much better replacements for plastics derived from fossil fuels. One possibility is to develop novel plastics based on polymers from plants.
  Non-invasive imaging of the pathophysiology of early systemic sclerosis; fibrosis and oxygenation
  Dr A Murray, Prof G Parker, Prof A Herrick, Dr M Dickinson
Applications accepted all year round

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Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a microvascular autoimmune disease that causes lack of blood flow and scarring and thickening of skin and tissues within internal organs.
  Advanced seaweed cultivation for marine biodiscovery (PhD 2)
  Prof N O'Connor, Dr T R Hodkinson
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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As part of a new €1.3m project, Beyond biofuel. Advanced seaweed cultivation for marine biodiscovery and climate change mitigation at Trinity College, we will be appointing a postdoctoral researcher, research assistant and two PhD students.
  Applying ecological theory to develop improved methods for seaweed cultivation (PhD 1).
  Prof N O'Connor
Application Deadline: 31 July 2020

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As part of a new €1.3m project, Beyond biofuel. Advanced seaweed cultivation for marine biodiscovery and climate change mitigation at Trinity College, we will be appointing a postdoctoral researcher, research assistant and two PhD students.
  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.
  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.
  Epigenetic contribution to grafting induced vigour in Solanaceous plants
  Dr M Catoni
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Grafting is a long-standing agronomical method used to improve plants production since more than 4000 years ago, consisting in physically joining two plants together, generally referred as rootstock (part below the ground) and scion (part above the ground).
  How does heterosis affect yield, quality and disease resistance in hybrid wheat?
  Dr P Borrill, Dr M Catoni, Dr C Uauy, Dr N Bird
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Heterosis, or hybrid vigour, is the increased performance of a hybrid relative to the parents. The use of hybrid cultivars in maize and rice have increased the performance of these crops substantially, but the same approach has not yet been widely exploited in wheat breeding.
  Application of nanomaterials in precision agriculture to optimise nitrogen use efficiency and increase global food security
  Dr I Lynch, Dr S Ullah, Dr P Zhang, Mr A Witteveen
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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The global agriculture sector is facing a wide spectrum of challenges such as stagnation in crop yields, notoriously low nutrient use efficiency (NUE), poor soil health, shrinking arable land and water availability etc.
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