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Botany / Plant Science PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships in the UK

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  Biological implications of genetics variation in rice for mycorrhizal colonisation.
  Prof A Price
Applications accepted all year round
We have demonstrated repeatable and substantial differences in the colonisation of rice cultivars by the model arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungus Rizophagus irregularis and mapped quantitative trait loci for the variation.
  Functional Significance of Al hyper-accumulation in Tropical Forest Trees
  Dr D Burslem, Dr Y Arn Teh
Applications accepted all year round
Numerous plant species take up and store high concentrations of Al from the soil system, despite the toxicity of Al3+ to plant metabolism.
  Physiological and molecular characterisation of altered root hydraulic properties in rice due to allelic variation or genetic manipulation of plasma membrane intrinsic proteins (PIPs, a class of aquaporins)
  Prof A Price
Applications accepted all year round
A cluster of three PIPs on chromosome 7 of rice are all candidate genes for a drought avoidance locus. These genes are highly expressed in roots and thought to have a major role in root hydraulic conductance.
  Trade-offs between pollinator community richness and honey production in upland semi-natural habitats.
  Dr D Burslem, Prof R Van Der Wal
Applications accepted all year round
The pollination services provided by bees and other insects are vital to persistence of Scotland’s semi-natural habitats, and they sustain important rural industries including production of crops, soft fruits and honey.
  Green cities: how our decisions affect landscape biodiversity
  Dr A Helden, Dr T Ings
Applications accepted all year round
Research Group. Animal and Environment Research Group (AERG). https://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-technology/research/our-research-institutes-and-groups/animal-and-environment-research-group.
  Demonstration of anaerobic membrane bioreactors for water and energy reuse in wastewater treatment applications PhD
  Dr A Soares, Prof B Jefferson
Application Deadline: 30 April 2019
This PhD position offers an exciting opportunity to resolve key questions around the demonstration of anaerobic municipal wastewater treatment in the temperate climates sponsored by EU H2020 in close collaboration with Severn Trent Water.
  The genomic signatures of adaptation in harmful Sargassum blooms of the Caribbean Sea (CASE studentship)
  Dr J.H. Bothwell, Dr M Kapralov
Applications accepted all year round
Background. This CASE studentship will apply evolutionary genomic approaches to understand environmental adaptation in the Caribbean harmful bloom-forming macroalgae, Sargassum natans.
  Exploring natural diversity in Rubisco activase isoforms to enhance the climate resilience of crops
  Dr E Carmo-Silva, Dr M Lundgren
Application Deadline: 29 March 2019
Rubisco activase is a key regulator of carbon assimilation and has been shown to limit photosynthesis when temperatures increase above the thermal optimum.
  Understanding drought tolerance of potato using multispectral imaging technology
  Dr L Bell
Application Deadline: 25 March 2019
Potato crop yield is severely affected by drought and heat stress. Extremes in UK summer temperatures and periods of drought are likely to increase due to climate change, and new methods are required to maintain yields.
  Up the apples and pears! Precision management of orchards to increase fruit production sustainably
  Dr A Blackburn
Application Deadline: 25 March 2019
Be in at the start of a revolution in fruit production! While precision agriculture is becoming established for arable crops, such approaches have yet to be developed in the production of top fruit such as apples and pears.
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