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This is a 4 year BBSRC studentship under the Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham DTP. The successful applicant will receive research costs, tuition fees and stipend (£15,009 for 2019-20). The PhD will start in October 2020. Applicants should have, or be expecting to receive, a 2.1 Hons degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. EU candidates must have been resident in the UK for 3 years in order to receive full support. Please note, there are 2 stages to the application process.
1. Zytynska S.E., Eicher M., Weisser W. & Rothballer M. (2019) Climate change alters beneficial crop-microbe-invertebrate interactions. bioRxiv, 709089.
2. Zytynska, S.E., Guenay, Y., Sturm, S., Clancy, M.V., Senft, M., Schnitzler, J.P., Pophaly, S.D., Wurmser, C. & Weisser, W. (2019) Effect of plant chemical variation and mutualistic ants on the local population genetic structure of an aphid herbivore. Journal of Animal Ecology, 88, 1089-1099
3. Zytynska S.E. & Meyer S.T. (2019) Effects of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes on the protective microbiome of insects - a review. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 167, 2
4. Senft M., Clancy M.V., Weisser W.W., Schnitzler J.-P. & Zytynska S.E. (2019) Additive effects of plant chemotype, mutualistic ants and predators on aphid performance and survival. Functional Ecology, 33, 139-151.
5. Clancy M.V., Zytynska S.E., Moritz F., Witting M., Schmitt-Kopplin P., Weisser, W.W. & Schnitzler, J.P. (2018) Metabotype variation in a field population of tansy plants influences aphid host selection. Plant Cell and Environment, 41, 2791-2805.
6. Clancy M.V., Zytynska, S.E., Senft M., Weisser W.W. & Schnitzler J.-P. (2016) Chemotypic variation in terpenes emitted from storage pools influences early aphid colonisation on tansy. Scientific Reports, 6, 38087.
7. Guan W, Ferry, Edwards MG, Bell HA, Othman H, Gatehouse JA and Gatehouse AMR (2015) Proteomic Analysis Shows that Stress Response Proteins are Significantly Up-regulated in Resistant Diploid Wheat (Triticum monococcum) in Response to Attack by the Grain Aphid (Sitobion avenae). Molecular Breeding 35:57.
8. Zytynska SE, Fleming S, Tetard-Jones C, Kertesz MA, Preziosi RF (2010) Community genetic interactions mediate indirect ecological effects between a parasitoid wasp and rhizobacteria. Ecology 91(6):1563-1568.