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  Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) DTP

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 This NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research across the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, York, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the Natural History Museum.
  BBSRC White Rose CASE Studentship: Improving water-use efficiency in wheat by modulating leaf structure
  Prof A Fleming
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Wheat provides 20% of calories consumed worldwide and is a major UK crop. Reflecting increased pressure on a finite resource, improving water-use efficiency in crops such as wheat is a major objective in agriculture (1).
  BBSRC White Rose DTP Studentship - Role of cytidine deaminase in (epi)genetic adaptation of the plant immune system.
  Prof J Ton, Dr L Smith, Dr J Stassen
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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As sessile organisms, plants are masters in adapting to environmental stresses. Recent work from the Ton lab has shown that plants employ epigenetic mechanisms to prime their immune system long-term against potential pests and diseases.
  Earthworms and sustainable agriculture
  Dr P J Watt
Applications accepted all year round

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Worldwide, soils are in a poor state, through erosion, compaction and the loss of organic carbon, and so it is essential that we manage them in order to maintain the productivity of agricultural land.
  Ecological drivers and consequences of lateral gene transfers in plants
  Dr P A Christin, Prof J D Scholes
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Lateral gene transfers (LGT) are widespread in prokaryotes, where they allow the spread of adaptations among distinct species. More recently, LGT have also been reported among multicelullar eukaryotes, such as plants.
  Environmentally induced epigenetic effects in a fish
  Dr P J Watt
Applications accepted all year round

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Animals may be exposed to a wide range of environmental stimuli over the course of their development, some of which may be harmful, such as pollutants, and these may subsequently affect their behaviour and/or physiology and that of their offspring.
  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.
  Incest and insects: How plant sex affects herbivores and pollinators
  Dr S Campbell, Prof M T Siva-jothy
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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A long-standing paradigm in ecology and evolutionary biology suggests that the immense diversity of insects has been driven by adaptation to the defences of the plants they feed on.
  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.
  PhD in evolutionary genetics
  Prof J Slate
Applications accepted all year round

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Our group integrates genomics approaches and tools with ecological data collected from long-term studies of vertebrates. We aim to understand how genetic variation is maintained and how evolutionary change occurs.
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