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. The work in our group addresses these problems using a variety of approaches including experiments, monitoring and modelling. We focus on systems such as herbicide resistant weeds and , We study the basic biology as well as forecasting better management and economics. 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. These include arable crops as well as siliviculture and harvesting of natural populations.
The Department of Animal and Plant Sciences is home to world experts in plant biology and the relationships between plants and the environment. We also have a broad range of interests in the interactions of plants with other organisms, including mycorrhizal fungi, weeds, insect pests, and fungal and bacterial pathogens. The department hosts P3, a global centre of excellence for translational plant science that works with collaborators in the crop breeding industry to improve agricultural and horticultural productivity and protection. Our researchers and collaborators are world leading experts in a range of advanced molecular techniques, including molecular genetics, metabolomics, fluorescent imaging, gas exchange analysis and carbon isotope analysis.
Science Graduate School As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll 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.
The applicant will need to find funding to cover tuition fees and living expenses
The applicant should have, or expect to gain at least an upper second class degree, or equivalent overseas qualification, in a relevant subject