The world faces a major challenge to ensure the security of food supplies in the face of threats resulting from climate change, growing population and the development of resistance to pesticides. We focus on the challenge of herbicide resistant weeds. We study the basic biology as well as forecasting better management and economics outcome. We provide training in skills such as experimental design, statistics and modelling, as well as working on a variety of systems in the UK and overseas, including blackgrass and grass weeds in europe, as well as Striga in Africa.
Typical research projects include mapping and modelling distributions of weeds to improve forecasting; understanding the mechanistic basis of herbicide resistance to understand how this evolves in different species.
Science Graduate School
As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you will get access to training opportunities of the Science Graduate School designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You will be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience the breadth of technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/sgs to learn more.