The plasticity of insects’ microbiome and the impact of feeding to chickens

   School of Biosciences

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  Prof John Brameld  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

There is an urgent need to find alternative sustainable protein sources to meet increasing demand. Insects are a rich source of protein that can be grown on low-value feeds and have a low carbon footprint, so have the potential to be used as an alternative feed source.  Insects are eaten whole, therefore potentially passing their microbial contents on to the livestock. In this project we will seek to determine whether the microbiome of insects could be manipulated in a positive way, which could then be used in a probiotic approach, in addition to their nutritional value for animal production. 

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Apply online here by noon on Tuesday 16th January 2024

Biological Sciences (4) Food Sciences (15) Medicine (26)

Funding Notes

Home and international students are welcome to apply for this opportunity. Funding is available for four years from late September 2024. The award covers tuition fee (£4,712) at the home rate plus an annual stipend which was (£18,622) for 2023. This is set by the Research Councils. Please note that successful international candidates will be put forward for a University Fees Difference Scholarship to cover the difference between the home and international fee.

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