About the Project
The focus of this project will be to use a variety of genetic approaches to explore how a host plant (Solanum tuberosum) influences the success of the parasitoid wasp Aphidius ervi attacking the potato aphid Macrosiphum euphorbiae. The student will receive training in a variety of genetic and genomic techniques (QTL mapping, transcriptomic studies, bioinformatics, plus classical genetics), within an ecological context of economic relevance. The project will build on recent work by DMS using model parasitic wasp systems (see below) and initiate what will hopefully be a long-term collaboration with the James Hutton Institute.
Applications from UK residents only. The Studentship is for 4 years.
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