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Identification and characterisation of novel QTLs and genes for dietary fibre in grain of bread wheat

  • Full or part time
    Dr A Lovegrove
    Prof P Shewry
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

A PhD studentship is available to identify and characterise new genes controlling the content of dietary fibre (arabinoxylan) in wheat flour. Novel QTLs will initially be identified by biochemical analysis of white flour from populations made from crosses between wheat land races and a modern spring wheat variety, using high density marker arrays for mapping. This mapping, together with available Exome capture data on the lines, will facilitate the in silico identification of putative candidate genes which will be tested using TILLING and transcriptomics. The project will provide training in modern plant genetics and biochemistry with co-supervision in wheat genetics provided by Prof Simon Griffiths at the John Innes Centre, with the student being registered at the University of East Anglia.

Funding Notes

Applicants should hold a minimum of a UK Honours Degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in appropriate subjects. Project open to applications from UK and EU nationals only.

Eligable students will be supported by the tax-free stipend (£14,777 in 2018/19), for 4 years. In addition, for eligible students, the award will cover fees for EU/UK nationals and a Research and Training Grant to fund their research, conference attendance and networking.

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