About the Project
The project aims to address the following questions:
1. How do different modes of aboveground insect pest damage (sucking, chewing) impact upon the rhizosphere microbiome?
2. How do microbial communities interact with plant root exudates containing small lipophilic molecule chemical signals?
3. Do root exudates lead to long-lasting changes in the rhizosphere microbiome?
The project will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach using methods and techniques that are used routinely in chemical ecology research i.e. analytical chemistry and molecular biology. The student will receive in-house training in these lab-based skills from the supervisors, as well as generic skills training (e.g. project management, presentation skills) from the institutes involved, and will be expected to spend significant amounts of time at both University of Nottingham and Rothamsted Research.
Applicants should hold a minimum of a UK Honours Degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in Chemistry, Biology or related subject.
Enquiries should be directed by email to Dr John Caulfield ([Email Address Removed]) or Dr Amanda Rasmussen ([Email Address Removed]).
For more detailed eligibility criteria please see the Envision website - http://www.envision-dtp.org/projects/information/.
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