Impact of the Bruchid Beetle (Bruchus rufimanus) on the agronomic value of the Faba Bean (Vicia faba L.) seed

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About the Project

Applications are invited to undertake a full-time PhD by Research in the Department of Science, at the Institute of Technology Carlow on the following project: Impact of the Bruchid Beetle (Bruchus rufimanus) on the agronomic value of the Faba Bean (Vicia faba L.) seed.

In the context of the Farm to Fork strategy, Ireland must maximise the potential use of plant-based production for feedstock, with a focus on high-value markets, such as food, but also animal feed. Faba bean (Vicia faba L.) is a protein crop of interest to grow in Ireland in rotation with cereals, acting as a break crop, with the potential to decrease the nitrogen requirements to the following crop. In a recent survey (2019-2021) conducted by Teagasc, the presence of Bruchid Beetle, Bruchus rufimanus, in the production areas of Faba Beans has been confirmed. Although legislation only exists regarding the extent of damage for human consumption in Ireland, previous scoping studies suggest that the Bruchid Beetle damage can have an impact in plant establishment.

Expected outcomes: (e.g. deliverables & strategic impacts).

  • Identify the extent of Bruchid Beetle damage in Faba Bean seed produced in Ireland;
  • Determine the impact of seed damage by Bruchid Beetle in relation to germination, vigour, establishment and survival rate of seedlings;
  • Determine the impact of seed damage by Bruchid Beetle in plant phenology and yield;
  • Identify the potential of bio-stimulants and fertilisers in the mitigation of the impact of seed damage in plant establishment;
  • Identify a robust pesticide programme to reduce the level of Bruchid Beetle infection in the Faba Bean growing season under the Irish agro-climate conditions.

The student will develop specific knowledge and understanding in integrated pest management, plant physiology, agronomy and entomology along with other transferable skills including comprehensive literature reviewing, project and time management skills, planning and organisation of experimental trials, data management, analysis and interpretation skills, report writing and dissemination skills, team working/management of research staff, etc.

Application Deadline

25th February 2022 at 16:00

Envisaged Start Date

May 2022

How to Apply

E-mail completed application to [Email Address Removed] quoting Ref No. PFA_2021_07.

For any informal queries about the research project, please contact Dr Eamon Nolan at [Email Address Removed]


Institute of Technology Carlow

Summerhill Road

Slippery Green


Y35 KA07


The student will be registered for the PhD degree programme at Institute of Technology Carlow. The student will have the opportunity to complete a number of academic modules, as well as professional training, which will further develop their future career.

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Eligibility Criteria


  • Applicants must hold a First-Class honours degree or, at a minimum, a good 2.1 honours degree in a cognate discipline to the proposed research project;
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong experience and skills in either quantitative or qualitative research (depending on the discipline);
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in and knowledge of the broad research area;
  • Applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment to research; 
  • Clear organizational and communication skills;
  • A high level of technical academic writing skills;  
  • Applicants who are currently registered at another Higher Education Institution cannot be offered a scholarship until they provide evidence that they have completed their studies at the other Institution. 


  • Previous research experience or professional work in the Discipline Area will be an advantage;
  • Evidence of Publication and/or Dissemination activity (Posters, Conference Presentation etc) will be an advantage; 

Agriculture (1) Biological Sciences (4)

Funding Notes

• An annual stipend of €16,000
• Payment of tuition, capitation and examination fees of up to €5,750 per annum
• Materials €5,000
• Travel associated with conference / dissemination of research outputs €1,000
• Access to Postgraduate Conference support of up to €1,500