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Ferric phosphate molluscicide: A new direction or a new environmental problem?

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, April 07, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The UK metaldehye ban will lead to a massive increase ferric phosphate slug pellets use. This project will investigate the impact of molluscicide-derived chelates on mobilising metals, and the subsequent impact on soils, microbiota, crop yields and water quality.


• There will be no increase in EDTA concentration or metals in surface waters draining agricultural land following the widespread introduction of ferric phosphate slug pellets
• Ferric phosphate slug pellets will not increase the leaching of metals to surface and/or groundwater
• Ferric phosphate slug pellets will not adversely affect the bioavailability of micronutrients
• Ferric phosphate slug pellets will not increase the proliferation of cyanobacteria
• Ferric phosphate slug pellets will not adversely affect the microbiology/functioning of soil 3
• Ferric phosphate slug pellets will not adversely impact on crop yield

Full Project Description

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system
Further application guidance can be found within each project outline

You should also send a covering letter and CV to Mr Steven Hall )
The online application system will only allow one application for an IAFRI studentship. If you are applying for TWO projects then you will need to e-mail Postgraduate Admissions and Steven Hall with the following information:
• your applicant number (from the first project application)
• the second project title
• a two page covering letter for the second project
Please also include 'IAFRI-04' in the email header

Funding Notes

There are five studentships available from 10 projects to choose from based on the current themes.
Students will be based at either Newcastle University or Fera Science Ltd in York. Each award provides a 3 year PhD with 100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend (minimum £15,009) Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

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