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BBSRC White Rose DTP Studentship - How increases in night-time temperature reduce seed yields

  • Full or part time
    Dr S Casson
    Prof J Gray
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 06, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Rising global temperatures are predicted to have a major impact on crop productivity and global Food Security. One solution to this problem is to generate crops that show increased thermotolerance. To address this need, the student will investigate the impact of increased night-time temperature on plant development and physiology and how this affects yield. Utilising plant species including Arabidopsis and rice, a range of molecular and physiology tools will be used to investigate the impact of changes in night-time temperature. Research has demonstrated that photoreceptors (light-perceiving receptors) have a major role to play in plant temperature signaling and the project will utilise a range of genetic resources to test their role in night-time temperature responses. The goal is to generate new plant varieties with improved performance. The project will provide in depth training in molecular and physiology techniques and is an exciting opportunity to advance our knowledge of crop-environmental interactions and generate new solutions.

This project will be a joint project between the Casson and Gray labs and informal enquiries can be directed to &

Funding Notes

- a tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate (~£15,009, to be confirmed for 2020) for 4 years
- tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for 4 years.
- research costs

At least a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent. The interdisciplinary nature of this programme means that we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in any biological, chemical, and/or physical science, students with mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills in addressing biological questions.

Studentships are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements. Further information on eligibility: View Website.

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