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  Understanding plant development and evolution in the context of environmental responses.

   School of Biosciences

   Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

This PhD project aims to understand how plants have adapted to respond to environmental challenges throughout evolutionary time by investigating key plant transcriptional regulators. We have discovered new roles for these transcriptional regulators in plant responses to light, sulphur deprivation and flooding/hypoxia. The project will take molecular, genetic, cell biological, ‘omics and evo-devo approaches across a range of plant systems to further understand the functions and regulatory networks of the key transcriptional regulators. The project will include comparative work using seed plants (Arabidopsis, tomato, potato, barley) and non-seed plants (Physcomitrium (moss), Marchantia (liverwort)) and can be flexible to fit the research interests and expertise of the applicant. This project will require funding from UKRI or other sources.

Biological Sciences (4)


Phokas A, Meyberg R, Briones-Moreno A, Hernandez-Garcia J, Wadsworth PT, Vesty EF, Blazquez MA, Rensing SA, Coates JC. DELLA proteins regulate spore germination and reproductive development in Physcomitrium patens. New Phytol. 2023 238 p.654-672 doi: 10.1111/nph.18756.
Phokas A, Coates JC. (2021) Evolution of DELLA function and signalling in land plants. Evolution and Development 23 p.137-154 doi: 10.1111/ede.12365
Gibbs DJ, Voß U, Harding SA, Fannon J, Moody LA, Yamada E, Choudhary A, Bradshaw SJ, Swarup K, Lavenus J, Bassel GW, Nibau C, Bennett MJ, Coates JC. (2014) AtMYB93 is a novel negative regulator of lateral root initiation in Arabidopsis. New Phytologist 203 p.1194-207
Gibbs DJ, Coates JC (2014) AtMYB93 is an endodermis-specific transcriptional regulator of lateral root development in Arabidopsis. Plant Signalling and Behaviour DOI: 10.4161/psb.29808

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