About the Project
Growth in cereals is tempered by the difference between day and night temperatures, and seasonal drivers of developmental transitions. In the spring, wheat seedlings are exposed to variable expectations on these partially predictable temperature oscillations. We have uncovered key thermometers and thermal responders and have isolated allelic variation of these genes in bread wheat. Our preliminary work has explored how their expression-levels are associated to heritable responses to heading-date variation in field-grown plants. You would generate combinations field-ready mutants. These would be examined for seasonal-trait physiology under controlled and field studies to associate growth and reproductive timing in response to changes in temperature. This predicts how such genes generate "useful" developmental changes relevant to sowing time relative to the seasonal growth one can expect in the Spring. Additionally you would generate a comprehensive phylogenetic and population-based structure of these genes in the hundreds of wheat lines we have generated expression-based transcriptomes. This would be used to perform quantitative tests in these plants in field-grown and stress generated protocols to understand further the role of seasonality genetics. Tuning wheat growth and flowering in response to expected changes in the seasonal and daily variation in temperature provides urgently needed climate resilience.
About the DTP
This studentship is offered as part of the White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in Mechanistic Biology, which brings together the research of the world-class molecular and cellular bioscience centres at the White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.
Our mission is to train excellent bio-scientists who understand how living systems work and can innovate to address global challenges, such as the impact of climate change, a healthier old age, sustainable food production, land use and energy production.
What is on offer?
This is an i-CASE (industry partnership) studentship for entry in October 2024.
Join us and you will receive a 4-year, funded PhD programme of research and skills training, with cross-disciplinary supervision, plus a structured programme of cohort-wide training and networking events. A highlight is the annual symposium, which is planned and delivered by students.
A unique part of your training will be a fully-funded placement of at least 3 months with the industry partner.
How to apply – Expression of Interest
Students may apply for up to three projects anywhere in the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Applications will be to the DTP centrally, using an online Expression of Interest (EoI). The EoI will include:
§ CV information; not submitted separately
§ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) data
§ Names of two referees
Deadline for EoIs is midnight Sunday 7th January 2024.
Submit EoIs using this link: https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/white-rose-bbsrc-dtp-expression-of-interest-form
Shortlisted candidates will be required to make formal applications to the Graduate School at each institution, supplying the necessary paperwork.
Details of the interview process will be decided by the academic and industry partners for this project
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