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Developing heat and drought resilient wheat (HALLE20JIF)

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About the Project

Over the next decades sustainably increasing wheat production to meet the pace of global demand will be a key challenge. Climate change is creating hotter, drier environments with an increasing number of extreme weather events causing significant loss in global wheat yield. Developing crops that are resilient to climate change, and capable of maintaining yield in these circumstances is a global challenge not only for wheat breeding globally but also for the UK. This project aims to use a huge genomic and phenotypic dataset and computational biology approaches to identify markers, networks and genes in wheat associated with increased yield stability under conditions of heat and drought. Genes and markers identified will immediately feed into international breeding programs. The work will be done in collaboration with the wheat physiology group led by Matthew Reynolds at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico and the student will be based at the Earlham Institute. The project will use and provide training in a broad range of techniques and technologies, and provide training in bioinformatics, data science, crop genetics and crop physiology.

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Funding Notes

This project is awarded with a 4-year John Innes Foundation PhD studentship. The studentship includes payment of tuition fees and a stipend for each year of the studentship (2020/21 stipend rate will be £15,285.00). Research training support funding is available.
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