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  Novel Approaches to Engaging Land Managers in Monitoring the Impact of Agri-Environment-Climate Schemes
  Dr K Prager, Prof S Redpath
Applications accepted all year round

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Agri-environment-climate schemes (AECS) are a voluntary policy mechanism to incentivise and compensate farmers for undertaking environmental measures as part of their land management.
  Sustaining partnership approaches – evaluating effectiveness, health and longevity of agri-environmental collaboratives
  Dr K Prager, Dr T Potts
Applications accepted all year round

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A multitude of partnerships have developed between actors from the farming, environment, conservation, community, business and government sectors.
  Investigating the impact of beekeeping on wild pollinator populations in rural Cambridgeshire
  Research Group: Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG)
  Dr O Norfolk, Dr A Helden, Dr T Ings
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG) https://aru.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/applied-ecology.
  Achieving Net-Zero - Hydrogen as a key factor for energy resilience and emission reduction for the UK water sector
  Prof B Jefferson, Dr L Alibardi
Application Deadline: 6 July 2020

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This exciting fully-funded PhD, with an enhanced stipend of £19,000 per annum and working in collaboration with Scottish Water and Anglian Water, will research the means of developing an evidence-based strategy for the UK water sector to switch towards a hydrogen economy aligned to achieving carbon neutrality.
  Low-cost paper-based sensors for rapid monitoring of water quality PhD
  Dr Z Yang, Dr F Coulon, Dr F Hassard
Application Deadline: 16 June 2020

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Microbiological contamination of water used for human consumption presents high risks to human health, and it occurs throughout low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
  The role of the rumen microbiome in detoxifying forage mycotoxins and improving dairy cow health and welfare
  Prof L A Sinclair
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Project aim. To determine the effect of the rumen microbiome in detoxifying mycotoxins in grass silage when fed to dairy cows.
  Dominant variation to improve quantitative traits in polyploid wheat (UAUYJ20ERC)
  Dr C Uauy
Application Deadline: 17 June 2020

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Wheat provides 20% of the calories and protein consumed by humans. The world population will reach 9 billion by 2050, which requires food production to more than double.
  PhD Studentship in Cyber Security in Farm and Companion Animal Technologies
  Dr M Mehrnezhad
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Number of awards. 1. Start date and duration. September 2020 3.5 years. Overview. This project aims to study the security and privacy issues relating to novel technologies that is increasingly being applied to farm and companion animals.
  PhD Studentship - Elucidating the impact of prenatal antibiotic exposure on postnatal offspring performance in cattle: a data mining approach
  Dr M Velazquez, Dr M Forshaw
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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Number of awards. 1. Start date and duration. September 2020, 3.5 years duration. Overview. There is a need to develop strategies for effective application of antibiotics in animal production to ameliorate the current threat of antimicrobial resistance affecting animal and human health.
  BBSRC CTP four-year studentships for October 2020

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 The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC ) has awarded a Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) grant to a consortium led by Berry Gardens Growers Ltd and NIAB EMR.
  CITI-GENS DTP: Automated early detection of health and welfare compromises in pigs using video-based automatic behavioural analysis
  Prof I Kyriazakis, Dr P Miller
Application Deadline: 10 July 2020

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This project is one of those advertised under the CITI-GENS programme. For more information on the programme please visit. go.qub.ac.uk/citigens.
  Plant responses to stress, metabolites for health and fuel from cell walls.
  Prof A Devoto
Applications accepted all year round

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Projects are available in the following areas. Stress responses in crops and sustainable biomass production and processing. The project aims at elucidating several aspects of the control of plant defences and to identify environmentally friendly forms of plant protectants, leading to enhanced crop yields.
  Foam Flow in Porous Media: From Fundamentals to Applications
  Dr N Shokri
Applications accepted all year round

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During oil production from underground oil reservoirs, only a fraction of oil tends to be extracted during the primary recovery phase, prior to the oil reservoir becoming too depleted to push additional oil out naturally.
  Porous Media for a Green World
  Dr N Shokri
Applications accepted all year round

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Sustainable use of soil and water resources is crucial to preserve healthy terrestrial ecosystems and maintaining food security.
  Solute transport and precipitation in porous media
  Dr N Shokri
Applications accepted all year round

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In this project, we will combine modelling and experimental approaches to extend our understanding of the processes controlling solute transport and precipitation in drying porous media.
  Strategies for Increasing Crop Stress Tolerance
  Research Group: Ecology and Evolution
  Dr G Johnson
Applications accepted all year round

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Humanity is facing a growing food crisis – the “perfect storm” of growing world populations and changing climates mean we urgently need to increase crop productivity, including by increasing environmental stress tolerance.
  “Talking” trees and the ecology of underground fungal super-highways
  Prof D Johnson
Applications accepted all year round

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Introduction. Recent exciting discoveries have shown that plants respond to herbivore-induced signals from neighbours via underground fungal networks1-3.
  Understanding cellulose synthesis in plants
  Prof S Turner, Prof S High
Applications accepted all year round

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It is clear that there is now enormous pressure to develop much better replacements for plastics derived from fossil fuels. One possibility is to develop novel plastics based on polymers from plants.
  Molecular aggregates in solution and their translation into the crystalline phase of pharmaceuticals
  Dr K Edkins, Dr E Bichenkova
Applications accepted all year round

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Most active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) have to be in the solid state to be formulated, and due to improved stability, the crystalline phase is preferred.
  Targeting ERK5 to enhance the DNA damage response to radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  Dr K Finegan, Dr C Demonacos
Applications accepted all year round

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ERK5 is a signalling protein that enables cells to transduce extracellular signals into responses. It is expressed in all tissues and is up-regulated in tumours.
  Epigenetic contribution to grafting induced vigour in Solanaceous plants
  Dr M Catoni
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Grafting is a long-standing agronomical method used to improve plants production since more than 4000 years ago, consisting in physically joining two plants together, generally referred as rootstock (part below the ground) and scion (part above the ground).
  Application of nanomaterials in precision agriculture to optimise nitrogen use efficiency and increase global food security
  Dr I Lynch, Dr S Ullah, Dr P Zhang, Mr A Witteveen
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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The global agriculture sector is facing a wide spectrum of challenges such as stagnation in crop yields, notoriously low nutrient use efficiency (NUE), poor soil health, shrinking arable land and water availability etc.
  The Soil Microbiome in Legume Rotations
  Dr T Wood, Dr Nik Cunniffe
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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NIAB invites applications for a four year PhD studentship sponsored by The Morley Agricultural Foundation (TMAF) in the Department of Plant Pathology at NIAB, Cambridge, in collaboration with the department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.
  FULLY FUNDED PHD: Strategies for improved nutritional content and sustainability of milk – a farm to consumer approach
  Dr E Combet Aspray
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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*** TO APPLY, CLICK ’VISIT WEBSITE’ ***. Milk and dairy products are traditionally important in European diets, yet consumption in UK is declining in population subgroups.
  Learning from plant cell walls as a path for innovations in food and material sciences
  Dr Y Benitez-Alfonso, Dr C Bosch
Applications accepted all year round

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The research will dissect the structural factors controlling cell walls and cell communication for two main purposes. to improve the health value of food crops and to design strategies for the valorisation of wasted plant materials.
  Molecular, biochemical and developmental analysis of root traits for low P adaptation in foxtail millet.
  Prof A Baker, Dr S Kepinski
Applications accepted all year round

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Phosphorus is an essential macronutrient for plant growth and cannot be replaced by any other element. It is the second most limiting nutrient after N.
  Plant and crop fertility: the evolution and impact of gene control networks
  Research Group: Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP)
  Prof D Twell, Dr R Badge
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Plant fertility is vitally dependent upon sexual reproduction and the differentiation of the male (sperm) and female (egg) gametes.
  The Biology of Parasitism in Parasitic Nematodes
  Prof M Viney
Applications accepted all year round

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We work on the biology of parasitic nematode worms, particularly Strongyloides spp. The recent, detailed characterisation of the Strongyloides genome (Hunt et al.
  The Eco-Immunology of Wild Mice
  Prof M Viney
Applications accepted all year round

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The immune responses that wild animals make contribute to their fitness, but what those immune responses are – and how they differ from those of laboratory animals – is hardly known.
  Conservation of pollinator biodiversity and sustainable management of pollination services in agroecosystems
  Prof S G Potts
Applications accepted all year round

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Wild and managed pollinators provide a wide range of benefits to society in terms of contributions to food security, farmer and beekeeper livelihoods, social and cultural values, as well as the maintenance of wider biodiversity and ecosystem stability.
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