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What native insect pollinators can be used to replace the honey bee in avocado orchards?

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, May 30, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Inadequate pollination is a major reason for poor and erratic avocado yields. The honey bee serves as the principle avocado pollinator, but the avocado bloom is not attractive to them. Other insects including Australian native bees or flies can be alternative avocado pollinators, but very limited research has been done. Here we propose to utilize field observation, bio-assay and molecular biology techniques to identify the WA insect species that are best candidates as avocado pollinators. This PhD project will improve our understanding of Australian avocado pollinators and significantly strengthen Australian horticulture industry.

If you meet the HDR admission requirements (https://www.murdoch.edu.au/study/research-students/how-to-apply) please send an e-mail directly to PRINCIPAL SUPERVISOR with following information:
- Email subject:
Please write the follow “Prospective PhD” and the title of the project you are enquiring about.

- Email body:
provide the following information;
1. Your academic & research background, experiences, and research interests.
2. When you expect to start your PhD if successful.

- Attachments:
CV and academic transcript


Applications accepted by May 30th, 2020 or until position is filled.

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