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What is the functional mechanism underlying the impacts of ambient temperature on fertility, health, and development in outdoor living sows and offspring?

   Faculty of Biological Sciences

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  Prof Lisa Collins, Prof Pippa Chapman, Dr N Forde  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Climate change is predicted to increase the frequency of temperature extremes in future. This has the potential to impact agri-food production in many ways at a time when there is also a need to increase the sustainability of production methods. Livestock production is likely to be impacted by both threats. We know that there are likely to be impacts of temperature on fertility, health and disease, and productivity in pigs though this relationship remains little understood from a system perspective. In particular, extremes of temperature are likely to have the potential to disrupt normal biological function leading to poor productivity and disease, including increased prevalence and shedding of Salmonella and transmission of antimicrobial resistant serotypes.

In this project you will work to investigate the following questions to address the fundamental biological impacts of temperature in pigs:
o How do extreme temperatures impact on farrowing performance, and early life piglet growth, health and development?
o How do extreme temperatures impact on the fertility and health of sows over time?
o To what extent is exposure to extremes in temperature associated with increased prevalence and shedding of Salmonella in the herd?

Funding Notes

White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology
4 year fully-funded programme of integrated research and skills training, starting Oct 2020:
• Research Council Stipend
• UK/EU Tuition Fees
• Conference and research funding

At least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. We welcome students with backgrounds in biological, chemical or physical sciences, or mathematical backgrounds with an interest in biological questions.

EU candidates require 3 years of UK residency to receive full studentship

Not all projects will be funded; the DTP will appoint a limited number of candidates via a competitive process.