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  A major virus threat to UK crops
  Dr J Walsh, Dr G Teakle, Dr D Hackenberg
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Turnip yellows virus (TuYV) is the most important viral diseases in commercial brassica crops and causes up to 46% yield losses. TuYV belongs to the Polerovirus genus and is transmitted by aphids.
  Biomass conversion into platform chemicals for a future biorefinery
  Dr V Degirmenci, Dr A Jones
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Biomass can be either purposefully grown through energy crops (e.g. miscanthus, switchgrass) or produced in large amounts as unwanted organic matter once edible components are collected.
  Bringing back the ashes – applying metabolomic approaches to save UK ash trees
  Prof M Grant, Assoc Prof L Song
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Ash dieback (ADB), caused by the invasive fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (Hf), has been a destructive disease of European ash (Fraxinus excelsior).
  Chloroplast immunity – a novel and key process attacked by pathogens
  Prof M Grant, Dr A Jones
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Crop losses due to biotic stress contribute disproportionately to yield losses, generally accounting for ~25% of the crop. Thus, developing novel approaches to restricting pathogen infections of crops and consequently yields must be a key futurey objective.
  Circadian rhythms in plant-microbe interactions
  Prof G Bending, Dr I A Carré
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Plants live in close association with complex communities of microbes which together constitute their ‘microbiome’. The microbiome interacts with the plant in numerous ways; some microbes are beneficial and promote plant growth, while others are pathogens which reduce crop yields.
  Developing a sustainable management system for the diamondback moth, a globally important crop pest
  Dr D Chandler, Dr G Teakle
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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The diamondback moth (DBM) Plutella xylostella is a brassica-feeding specialist and one of the most important pests worldwide, causing US$5 billion crop losses globally p.a.
  Global diversity and ecosystem functions of plant-microbe symbioses
  Prof G Bending, Assoc Prof C Quince, Dr R Griffiths, Prof M Ryan
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Arbuscular mycorrhizas (AM) are the most widespread symbiosis between higher plants and fungi, and have major impacts on terrestrial ecosystem processes, including biogeochemical cycling and the diversity and productivity of plant communities.
  How do nematodes hijack root development in plants?
  Dr J Gutierrez-Marcos, Dr A Pires da Silva
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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The plant root interface undergoes a dynamic range of interactions with other soil organisms.
  Microbial biogeochemistry in agricultural landscapes: An investigation of reactive nitrogen oxide fluxes from soil
  Dr R Mushinski, Prof G Bending
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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A range of pollutant gases, and especially nitrogen (N) compounds (N2O, NO, NO2, etc.) are emitted to the atmosphere from agricultural activities.1 These gases are extremely important for a myriad of reason including their contribution to climate change, urban air pollution, and N-deposition.
  Microbial establishment on growing rhizoplanes
  Dr M Gifford
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Microbial activity in soil and associations with plants are essential to nutrient availability, soil biodiversity and fertility. Plants are active in the colonization process and secrete compounds that stimulate or repress specific soil microbes [1].
  Novel, essential genes in lineages of pest insect species
  Dr K Panfilio, Dr D Hebenstreit
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Invasive insect pest species are a growing problem that severely impacts agriculture and crop plants. The UK Plant Health Risk Register currently recognizes over 1000 specific pests, with beetles (Coleoptera) and bugs (Hemiptera) among those recognized as high profile pests and those with rapidly changing statuses.
  Nucleoside decoys, unravelling a novel plant pathogen virulence strategy
  Prof M Grant, Dr V Ntoukakis, Assoc Prof L Song
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Ensuring food security is critically important to our next generation and this encompasses a increase in productivity of 50% by 2050! We currently we lose 25-40% of global crop production to plant pathogens, thus significant progress could be made through improved plant disease resistance.
  Targeted engineering of quantitative traits in plants
  Dr J Gutierrez-Marcos, Dr G Barker
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Our ability to develop novel beneficial crop traits has significantly improved over the last century, although the ability to maintain this trajectory is limited by allelic diversity.
  Uncovering the molecular basis of cellular memory in clonal plants
  Dr J Gutierrez-Marcos, Prof L Frigerio
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Compared to animals, somatic cells of plants can be much more easily reprogrammed to regenerate whole new organs and, sometimes, entire individuals.
  Understanding and engineering virus resistance in plants
  Dr J Walsh, Dr G Teakle, Dr D Hackenberg
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Plant viruses are responsible for approximately half of the emerging plant diseases worlwide and cause severe yield losses in commercial crops.
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