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  Evaluation of the capabilities of 2-dimensional mass spectrometry in a variety of molecular systems
  Prof P O'Connor
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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This is an industrially funded PhD project in collaboration with Verdel Instruments, Ltd., a spinout company from the University of Warwick.
  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.
  Fungal Ice nucleation: Moulding our environment?
  Dr T Whale, Dr E Gaya, Prof I Gibson
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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This project will combine expertise in fungal phylogenetics and ecology at Royal Botanic Gardens (RGB) Kew with expertise in ice science at the University of Warwick to improve understanding of how fungi interact with plants, the biosphere and the atmosphere.
  Smelly sediment dwellers – identifying microbial populations driving DMSO reduction in anoxic sediments
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr H Schaefer, Dr K Purdy, Dr Y Chen
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Project Highlights. Identify uncharacterised microbes driving anaerobic organic matter degradation. Master a wide range of cutting-edge environmental microbiology techniques.
  Cave exploration: shedding light on organic sulfur cycling in a terrestrial underground chemosynthetic system
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr H Schaefer, Dr Y Chen, Dr D Kumaresan
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Project Highlights. Investigate the organic sulfur cycle of a closed cave ecosystem based on chemosynthesis. Apply stable isotope and metagenomics approaches to characterise uncultivated bacteria.
  Understanding the genetic blueprint of photosynthetic bacteria?
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr R Puxty, Prof D J Scanlan
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Project Highlights. Cutting-edge 3D chromosome reconstruction and “gene transplants” using CRISPR. Understanding the evolution of chromosomes of photosynthetic organisms.
  Floaters vs. sinkers: How do marine phytoplankton combat the biological pump?
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr R Puxty, Prof D J Scanlan
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Project Highlights. Uncover the “genetic dark matter” responsible for maintaining buoyancy in marine phytoplankton. Test how abiotic and biotic stress impact buoyancy traits of marine phytoplankton.
  Understanding interactions that determine the fate of microplastics in riverbed environments
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr J M Pearson, Prof G Bending
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Project Highlights. Developing novel methods to track and analyse microplastics. Design mesocosms to study the behaviour of microplastics in riverbed sediments.
  Towards a mechanistic understanding of peatland reactive nitrogen cycling
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr R Mushinski, Prof G Bending
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Project Highlights. Peatlands act as large reservoirs of organic matter; however, environmental change processes, such as increased atmospheric nitrogen deposition, may lead to large emissions of greenhouse and trace gases from these ecosystems.
  What are the effects of exotic tree introduction in British forests on soil nitrogen cycle processes?
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr R Mushinski, Prof G Bending
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Project Highlights. Exotic tree species are projected to become commonplace in Britain’s forests throughout the next century. You will assess whether these exotic tree species influence a significant change in the soil microbiome as well as production of nitrogenous gases.
  What soil factors lead to high reactive nitrogen oxide emissions in agricultural landscapes?
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr R Mushinski, Prof G Bending
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Project Highlights. Agriculture is a major source of nitrogen gases, which impact climate. You will assess how common agricultural practices influence soil emissions of an understudied group of nitrogen trace gases (NOz) along a gradient of soil carbon and nitrogen.
  Investigation of the topographic control for geohzards prone zone ecosystem functional properties by multiple remote sensing sensors
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr X Geng
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Overview. With 71% of the earth’s surface covered by water, hydro-hazards, including floods, droughts, onshore and offshore landslides and storm surges, can pose direct threats to lives and impact livelihoods by damaging and destroying critical lifeline infrastructure (e.g.
  Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) for calibrating and evaluating Individual Based Models of fisheries
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr R Everitt
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Project Highlights. Spatially-explicit landscapes IBMs can show how populations change over time in response to management actions.
  Microbial lipid cycling in the oceans: an integrated ‘omics’ approach
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr Y Chen, Prof D J Scanlan
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Project Highlights. Marine microbes meet omics. World-leading supervisory team on marine microbiology and ecology. Uniquely opportunity at Warwick to apply cutting-edge techniques on integrated omics.
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