PhD students at Rothamsted Research are a dynamic, highly valued community of researchers contributing significantly to scientific excellence while they develop their future careers. We are showcasing their work with the video series: 'A day in the life of a PhD student'. Listen to the students explain the work they do and how much of this work relates to elements of everyday life. The videos series services as an introduction to starting a conversation about their work!
Byoung is a 4th year PhD student at Rothamsted Research and the University of East Anglia. His research, which is funded by the BBSRC, examines the lipid composition of wheat to improve bread making quality. It is hoped that this research will contribute to the knowledge and innovation needed for breeders to improve wheat breeding programmes and for the bread industry to potentially require less external fats during the baking process.
Helen is a 4th year PhD student at Rothamsted Research and the University of Reading. Her research, which is funded by the BBSRC and Lawes Agricultural Trust, aims to develop a model that will predict areas of a farmer’s field that are vulnerable to weed, in particular black-grass, invasion and establishment. This work will contribute to the knowledge, and innovation, needed for more efficient use of herbicides.
Matt is a 4th year PhD student at Rothamsted Research and the University of Nottingham. His research, which is funded by the BBSRC, addresses the issue of maintaining wheat production under the pressures of climate change. Matt’s aim is to contribute understanding as to why wheat pollen development fails at high temperatures.
Lucy is a 4th year PhD student at Rothamsted Research and the University of York. Her research, which is funded by the BBSRC, explores the potential to genetically modify the plant cell wall of economically important crops, in order to make useful sugars accessible for the production of affordable and renewable biofuels.