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Wheat development in a changing world

Project Description

How do we feed a growing population in a sustainable way during an era of unprecedented climate change? A key component to meeting this challenge is to develop crops which are innately robust against climate change without requiring more chemical inputs to maintain yield. But we can only do this if we have detailed understanding of the interaction between genotypes and environments that drive plant development. For example, wheat accounts for over 40% of the cereal production in the EU but we know relatively little about the daily environmental parameters which regulate its growth. This is because so far the genetic and molecular understanding of plant growth and development has largely been restricted to model plants under controlled conditions or larger seasonal changes. This is most likely due to a lack of tools and resources to study these parameters in crop plants in the field. This has now changed. Using defined germplasm and state-of-the-art technology to capture environmental parameters this project will identify and dissect how the environment is regulating the growth of our primary crop plant Triticum aestivum, bread wheat.

Funding Notes

Eligible for funding under the NERC Panorama DTP (stipend and UK/EU fees for 3.5 years)

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1) Contact the supervisor of your chosen project to register your interest. Please note that you can only apply for 1 project within the DTP.

2) Apply online View Website
The programme code is ‘NERC PANORAMA DTP’. Section 10 request information about the research area - you should input the title of the project that you wish to be considered for and the supervisors’ names.

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