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  MSc by Research: Regulation of Architecture in Barley

   School of Life Sciences

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  Dr Sarah McKim  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Plant architecture, or body plan, plays a key role in determining grain yield of crop plants. However, we have little understanding of the molecular genetic basis of architecture in the temperate cereals such as barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), especially in comparison to the warm weather crops such as rice (Oryza sativa). In my research group, we work with a family of genes which control agronomic traits in barley. In this project, the student will investigate how these genes work by studying alleles, or variants of these genes which change barley growth and development.

The student will use state of the art genetic, molecular and genomic approaches and receive training in the latest crop bioinformatics. Through their work, the student will advance our understanding about how crops grow and develop and reveal possible routes to improved yield and greater resiliency. The student will train within the unique environment offered by the Division of Plant Sciences, based at the James Hutton Institute (JHI), a centre of world-class expertise in barley. 

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Life Sciences MSc by Research MSc by Research (Postgraduate) : Study : University of Dundee

Please note before submitting your application that you must list your top three project choices in the Research Proposal section of the application form.

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When you complete your form, you should include your top 3 project choices, 2 letters of reference, uploaded under "Other Information" > "Supporting documents" and a personal statement. Failure to do so will delay your application.

Please note when submitting an application that we have the following deadline dates throughout the year:

September Starts - Application Deadline 1st May, Interview Date - Late June

January Starts - Application Deadline 1st Sep, Interview Date - Late October

May Starts - Application Deadline 1st Feb, Interview Date - Late March 

Agriculture (1) Biological Sciences (4)

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