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FULLY FUNDED MASTERS BY RESEARCH PROJECT: Map the gap – making palm oil more sustainable by mapping yield gaps across tropical landscapes

  • 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: When it comes to producing vegetable oil, oil palm is king. Up to 10 times more productive than rival crops, today oil palm accounts for one third of the global supply of fats and oils. However, this reliance on oil palm has come at a steep environmental price, as vast tracks of tropical rainforest have been cleared to grow it. Moreover, oil palm plantations are often not as productive as they could be, suggesting that it should be possible to grow oil palm both more profitably and sustainably using less land. This project will use cutting-edge remote sensing technologies to map under which conditions oil palm grows best, and where instead restoring forests could prove a viable economic alternative.

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.

How good is research at University of Bristol in Biological Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 64.60

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