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FULLY FUNDED MASTERS BY RESEARCH PROJECT: Identifying DNA sequences in crops with the potential to reduce soil erosion

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 17, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

FULLY FUNDED MASTERS BY RESEARCH PROJECT: We wish to understand how plants help hold roots and soil together. This is important because crops have major effects on soil erosion rates and the fertility of land in cultivation. The selection and use of crop plants that are better able to hold soils together is a key goal of sustainable agriculture. Using forward and reverse genetics and proteomics, we have identified 2-3000 candidate genes affecting soil erosion. We have prioritised 60 of these genes based on the abundance of their gene products in Arabidopsis root exudates and the strength of mutant phenotypes. We now wish to identify related genes in crop species.

Funding Notes

A new scheme for BCAI, the Lady Emily Smyth Studentship is a fully funded award to support two scholars undertaking MRes at the University of Bristol. The award covers the full cost of fees, stipend, consumables for a year, and a supplement to support dissemination. Candidates are selected on academic merit gauged by a personal statement, track record, references and interview.

Eligibility: UK and EU students
Please apply using the following website: View Website
Students should indicate their preferred supervisor and that they wish to be considered for the Lady Emily Smyth Studentship.

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