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Characterising genetic diversity of Wild Rocket (Diplotaxis tenuifolia (L.) DC) and developing a pipeline for marker assisted breeding

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Food Security has risen to the top of the international agenda following recent spikes in the price of food and the perceived growing threat to future supplies (see, e.g., the “G8 Action on Food Security and Nutrition” http://www.state.gov/s/globalfoodsecurity/190282.htm). Along with an efficient distribution system and minimising waste, providing an adequate supply of food is a key contributor to securing food supply. Sustaining this into the future will be very difficult in the face of a steadily increasing population and diminishing availability of fertile land and water for agriculture. The challenge is made even more difficult by projected changes to climate. To meet this challenge is going to require new and innovative strategies and a new type of biologist. This is a joint project between Liverpool, JIC and CN Seeds Ltd combining training in plant pathology, trait genetics, and plant breeding.

This project will seek to identify novel sources of genetic variation captured in a unique wild rocket collection, that can be used to improve traits such as yield, disease resistance, and improved quality attributes, that can be transferred into novel breeding material. The PhD candidate will receive training in the latest plant pathology techniques, genetic analyses, and plant breeding. The candidate will benefit from spending time with academic and industry-based supervisors. To broaden the training experience, through CN Seeds Ltd., the student will learn about the seed industry, commercial breeding, and the supply chain through commercial growers to saleable product and have the opportunity to engage with industries in these sectors and present their work.

For further information see the website: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/integrative-biology/

To apply

Please complete the online application form and attach a full CV and covering letter. Informal enquiries may be made to

Funding Notes

This is a 4 year BBSRC CASE studentship under the Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham DTP. The successful applicant will receive research costs, tuition fees and stipend (£14,777 for 2018-19). The PhD will start in October 2019. Applicants should have, or be expecting to receive, a 2.1 Hons degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. EU candidates must have been resident in the UK for 3 years in order to receive full support. There are 2 stages to the application process.

References

Tock, A. J., Fourie, D., Walley, P. G., Holub, E. B., Soler, A., Cichy, K. A., Pastor-Corrales, M. A., Song, Q., Porch, T. G., Hart, J. P., Vasconcellos, R. C. C., Vicente, J. G., Barker, G. C., Miklas, P. N. (2017). Genome-Wide Linkage and Association Mapping of Halo Blight Resistance in Common Bean to Race 6 of the Globally Important Bacterial Pathogen. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8: 1170.

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