About the Project
One key group of soil microorganisms is that of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). AMF are both ubiquitous and abundant forming a symbiotic relationship with two-thirds of all land plants. However, different AMF benefit different hosts to varying extents. Moreover, roots of a single plant can be colonised by multiple AMF and a single AMF can connect several plant species together through its mycelium, resulting in complex interactions among organisms.
This project will examine the impact of increasing AMF diversity upon plant water relations under contrasting drought regimes. GCC models predict that drought periods will become more frequent and severe therefore plants may have to depend upon AMF to acquire water. However, we do not know if AMF differ in their capability to improve drought tolerance or what impact an increase in AMF diversity may have. We will determine this through manipulation experiments and the student will be trained in a wide range of state-of-the-art physiological and genomic techniques.
The ACCE DTP is committed to recruiting extraordinary future scientists regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or career pathway to date. We understand that commitment and excellence can be shown in many ways and have built our recruitment process to reflect this. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, who have curiosity, creativity and a drive to learn new skills.
Tax-free annual UKRI stipend (£15,285 for 2020/21)
UK tuition fees (£4,473 for 2021/22)
Research support and training charges (RSTC)
International candidates (including EU) will be considered however they will need to have adequate funds to meet the difference in tuition fees. International tuition fees for 2021 entry is £22,250.
Not all projects will be funded; a limited number of candidates will be appointed via a competitive process.
START DATE: 1st October 2021
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