PhD Studentship: Growing pains: Elucidating the control logic of developmental transitions in Brassica (MORRIS_J17DTP2)

University of East Anglia - School of Biological Sciences

Start Date:  1st October 2017

Supervisor: Prof. Richard Morris

Project description:

The most direct impacts will be in the interdisciplinary training of the student, the novel approaches and fundamental new insights into the biology of developmental transitions and the sharing of these findings and data through high quality publications and the webportal. In addition to that, there are clear downstream economic impacts related to this research.

Understanding the environmental sensitivity of the underlying regulatory pathways will be of pivotal importance for optimising crop performance in new climates. In Europe and most of the World, predicted climate change will demand mitigation strategies including changes in crop sowing and harvesting dates, the introduction of cultivars with different relationships between developmental transitions and seasonal progression, and breeding for robust performance under stressful conditions. This project will determine tissue-specific gene expression networks to understand developmental trade-offs and optimise strategies for the stable, synchronised production of quality vegetables in Brassica oleracea. This knowledge will underpin breeding strategies for optimizing future Brassica crops. This project is strategically aligned with key BBSRC priorities and with those of JIC and EI, in particular the JIC Institute Strategic Programme ‘Genes and the Environment’ and 'From Genomes to Food Security and Healthy Life' a BBSRC Strategic Programme Grant of EI.

Person specification:  Minimum entry 2:1

Funding notes: Full Studentships cover a stipend (RCUK rate: £14,296 pa – 2016/7), research costs and tuition fees at UK/EU rate, and are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements.

Students from EU countries who do not meet the UK residency requirements may be eligible for a fees-only award. Students in receipt of a fees-only award will be eligible for a maintenance stipend awarded by the NRPDTP Bioscience Doctoral Scholarships, which when combined will equal a full studentship. To be eligible students must meet the EU residency requirements.

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