About the Project
The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PLEN) constitutes a highly competitive, stimulating, and international research environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure. Within PLEN, the PhD fellow will be part of the recently funded NovoCrops Research Centre, which is dedicated to the accelerated domestication of resilient and climate change-friendly plant species (https://bit.ly/3dKEkDl). In particular, the PhD fellow will be part of the Geu-Flores research group, which investigates how toxic alkaloids are made and moved around in promising legume crops (https://bit.ly/39wmZue).
Narrow-leafed lupin (NLL) is a legume crop that produces seeds with a high protein content. However, NLL accumulates defense-related, toxic alkaloids in most tissues, including the seeds. Recently, the Geu-Flores group has shown that the alkaloids in the seeds are not made locally and are instead transported from other parts of the plant (https://t.co/oxOcland60?amp=1). This has opened the possibility to carry out transport engineering to block the transport of alkaloids to the seeds and produce lines that retain defensive alkaloids in most tissues yet produce alkaloid-free seeds. The PhD fellow will join current efforts aimed at discovering and knocking out lupin alkaloid transporters in NLL. The work will contribute to the generation of a sustainable, resilient source of protein that can be grown locally in Europe. The project will be carried out in collaboration with the research group of Associate Professor Hussam Nour-Eldin, who uncovered the only known long-distance transporters of specialized metabolites in plants (https://www.nature.com/articles/nature11285).
Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Fernando Geu-Flores, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, [Email Address Removed], +45-35332852. Co-supervisors are Associate Professor Hussam Nour-Eldin and postdoc Karen Michiko Frick.
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:
- Manage and carry through your research project
- Attend PhD courses
- Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
- Teach and disseminate your research
- Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
- Work for the department
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