STUDENT LIFE AT ROTHAMSTED
“I applied to do a PhD at Rothamsted Research because of the world-leading science, across multiple disciplines, that is carried out here. The breadth of research areas, ranging from insect ecology to wheat genetic improvement, and from soil science to crop protection, are unlike any other research institute or university.”
Rothamsted Research - Harpenden
WORKING TITLE OF PHD RESEARCH:
The impact of microbial communities on the incidence of foliar fungal disease symptoms in wheat.
AREA OF RESEARCH:
Microbiology/ Wheat Pathogenomics
YEAR OF STUDY:
BBSRC Nottingham Doctoral Training Partnership
University of Nottingham
BBSRC and the Lawes Agricultural Trust
Dr Jason Rudd; Dr Tim Mauchline
I applied to do a PhD at Rothamsted Research because of the world-leading science, across multiple disciplines, that is carried out here. The breadth of research areas, ranging from insect ecology to wheat genetic improvement, and from soil science to crop protection, are unlike any other research institute or university. I think this unique, multidisciplinary environment makes Rothamsted an exciting place to do a PhD. I am researching how wheat plants, their microbiome and fungal leaf diseases, such as Zymoseptoria tritici and Stagonospora nodorum, interact. By gaining a better understanding of these interactions and plant microbiome function, we hope to uncover novel mechanisms for the chemical and/or biological control of foliar fungal diseases in wheat.
One of the best things about being a PhD student here are the opportunities to meet other scientists working in research areas other than your own. There is a yearly series of seminars involving both external and internal speakers that everyone can attend. There is an annual event called ‘Research Days’ where everyone on-site is encouraged to attend and partake in talks and seminars, over a two-day period. The annual PhD Student Symposium also showcases the work of current PhD students, based both at Harpenden and North Wyke. There are plenty of opportunities to find out about other people’s work and also speak with your peers about your work!
The facilities at Rothamsted are excellent. We are lucky to have members of support staff working in the labs and greenhouses who are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. It can really make a difference, when planning or carrying out experiments, to seek their advice.
There are lots of opportunities to take part in things outside of your studies at Rothamsted. There are many different sports and social clubs that meet regularly to get involved in. Also, the on-site gym and staff bar help to keep a good work-life balance!