STUDENTSHIP

FUNGAL SEX FACTORS AS NOVEL ANTIFUNGAL COMPOUNDS FOR CONTROL OF PLANT DISEASE

PROJECT SUMMARY

AREA OF SCIENCE:

Plant pathology and fungicide resistance

CLOSING DATE/TIME:

Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 00:00

DEPARTMENT:

Biointeractions and Crop Protection

HOST UNIVERSITY:

University of Nottingham

MORE DETAILS:

Future Food Beacon Studentship

STUDENTSHIP DETAIL

Fungal diseases are estimated to be responsible for the loss of up to 30% of annual global crop yields and pose a significant threat to global food security.  This threat is being aggravated by the evolution of resistance to common fungicides and novel alternatives are urgently required.  This PhD project will focus on the phytopathogen Pyrenopeziza brassicae, the causal agent of light leaf spot, a disease effecting oilseed rape and vegetable brassica crops globally.  The project will isolate, identify and evaluate signalling molecules involved in the fungal life cycle that inhibit asexual reproduction and sporulation as novel crop protection tools.  This multidisciplinary project will be hosted by both University of Nottingham and Rothamsted Research and will provide the successful candidate with training in chemical biology, synthetic organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, microbiology and molecular genetics.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the earliest that these studentships will start is 1 July 2021.

Successful applicants will subsequently need to meet the requirements for postgraduate research study at the University of Nottingham, via the online application portal which can be found here.

Each studentship will receive a stipend (benchmarked to UK BBSRC stipend rates, approximately £15,000 per year), tuition fees paid and an annual consumables budget of £5,000.

Please send any questions to the lead supervisor for each project.

To be considered, please submit a CV and covering letter to the lead supervisor of the project. 

To apply: please email Dr David Withall with your CV and a covering letter.

Closing date: Thursday 31 December 2020