STUDENTSHIP

UNDERSTANDING MESOCOTYL ELONGATION IN RICE

PROJECT SUMMARY

AREA OF SCIENCE:

Plant foods in nutrition and health

DURATION:

4 Years

CLOSING DATE/TIME:

Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 00:00

DEPARTMENT:

Plant Sciences

HOST UNIVERSITY:

University of Nottingham

MORE DETAILS:

Future Food Beacons Studentship

STUDENTSHIP DETAIL

Farmers are moving from puddled transplanted rice towards direct seeding (DS) as labour and water availability decline, and their costs rise. Seedling vigour is crucial for crop establishment when cultivating rice by DS and mesocotyl elongation is an important component, aiding emergence from deeper beneath the soil. We have recently developed new high-throughput phenotyping platforms and screened ~700 sequenced rice accessions for seedling vigour traits (inc. mesocotyl elongation) in both lab and field, working with researchers at the International Rice Research Institute and Punjab Agricultural University. The aim of this PhD project is to use these resources to determine how mesocotyl elongation is controlled, thereby contributing in the development of new DS rice varieties. The student will be part of a well-established international collaboration and will gain experience in multiple disciplines including crop physiology, phenomics, transcriptomics, modelling and statistical 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: email Dr Peter Eastmond with your CV and a covering letter.

Deadline: Thursday 31 December 2020