About the Project
Tobacco Rattle Virus (TRV) is a potato disease managed by chemical intervention with significant economic impact on global potato agriculture and environmental disbenefits. We have identified an unusual metabolic transformation of the plant volatile signal which attracts nematodes that are key in facilitating virus transmission to uninfected plants. It remains to be seen how well this signal travels in agricultural soils and, particularly, whether TRV can be managed through novel interventions. This project investigates the means by which virally mediated volatile signals can be influenced by sustainable agricultural practices in order to reduce the spread of disease in potato fields.
- Assess sustainable control strategies (e.g.- co-cropping) to reduce TRV crop losses
- Identify if virally influenced plant volatiles induce defence/attraction responses in non-infected plants.
- Quantify the range over which virally induced compounds modify nematode behaviour in soils.
The student will benefit from training in a multidisciplinary context, with access to supervisors, colleagues and mentors with a wide range of field/analytical skills. Training will be provided in experimental design, planning and implementation for both controlled experimentation and field work, as well as in theory and practice of a range of soil chemical, physical and volatile analyses. In addition, the student may learn a range of molecular ecology methods including PCR/qPCR and will be provided with the opportunity to learn R and a range of multivariate statistical techniques.
The ACCE DTP is committed to recruiting 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 we 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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