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Enhancing the stress tolerance and shelf life of horticultural crops through light quality manipulation

Project Description

Despite comprising a small component of sunlight, UV-B wavelengths (280-315 nm) regulate a diverse array of regulatory processes in plants, including growth, metabolite content and resistance to pests and diseases. UV-B wavelengths are absent from horticultural lighting and are attenuated by common greenhouse materials. As such, UV-B is depleted in many commercial growing environments. Plant robustness and shelf life are of significant importance to the horticultural industry. This project aims to combine environmental signalling in Arabidopsis with translational crop science. The role of UV-B in delaying plant senescence will be investigated in Arabidopsis using a range of physiological and molecular techniques. Together with our industrial partner, LettUs Grow, we will evaluate the effectiveness of UV-B in enhancing the robustness of aeroponically-grown crops to abiotic stress. This project will require the student to spend time at the LettUs Grow site, in Bristol.

Funding Notes

A fully-funded four year SWBio DTP studentship will cover:

- a stipend* (at the standard UKRI rate; £15,009 per annum for 2019-2020)
- research and training costs
- tuition fees (at the standard UKRI rate)
- additional funds to support fieldwork, conferences and a 3-month internship

This is a CASE DTP studentship. As part of the programme, you will be required to undertake a placement with the CASE partner for a minimum of 3 months.

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