How does the intensity of tillage operations influence soil health and diversity?
Soil health has become an important factor in defining the sustainability of agricultural systems. However there is still little evidence of how longer term agricultural management influences soil health. Crop establishment can effect soil biology in a number of ways, by creating disturbance of the soil habitat, changing the environmental conditions within the soil and the removal of potential food sources. Understanding which of these changes is the driving factor influencing soil biology diversity and abundance is a research gap that this Masters has the potential to answer. Applications are invited for entry onto a one year Masters by Research programme awarded by The University of Gloucestershire in conjunction with the Royal Agricultural University.
The successful applicant will play a key role in the design and development of the project. You will be joining a multidisciplinary sustainable crop production research team .
A 2:1 or above in a science based discipline is essential, as is the willingness to collaborate with stakeholders from both academic and industry backgrounds. The candidate will be able to work safely around horsesoutside in all weather conditions, whilst a driving licence plus vehicle would be an advantage for accessing of the field site. Candidates with previous laboratory experience are preferred although relevant training will be provided as part of the research process.
Qualification Type: Masters by Research
Location: Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire UK
Funding Amount: Tuition fees (£4,200), student stipend (£15,000), plus project costs
Funding For: UK Students, EU Students
Duration: 1 year plus write-up period
Hours: Full Time
Awarding University: University of Gloucestershire
Start Date: March 2020