|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU)|
|Placed On:||29th April 2019|
|Closes:||31st July 2019|
The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University has an exciting opportunity for a full time 3.5 year studentship opportunity for the right candidate to work on a project looking to increase understanding of ash dieback and explore possible ways of controlling it using agroecological principles.
Ash dieback is an emerging disease that causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected plants, often leading to tree death. It is caused by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (previously referred to as Chalara fraxinea). There is still much to learn and many aspects of the disease are poorly understood, including the mechanisms that trees may have for tolerance and resistance to the disease. Ash is an important part of our native flora which supports many invertebrates as well as having particular cultural significance, so mitigating the effects of this disease is of considerable importance.
Some researchers have suggested that a plant’s own defence mechanisms can be enhanced by prior treatment with a biological or chemical agent. Soil amendments may also improve soil fertility and structure and this may support improved plant health. Biochar, produced by pyrolysis of a range of organic material is one agent that has been widely advocated to improve soil fertility in a range of studies. A diverse, functioning soil ecosystem is vital to soil health but there has been little research so far into the impact of soil health either on ash dieback disease.
Start and duration: September 2019, 3.5 years
Full fees and bursary at UKRI rates
This project is co-funded by Lob’s Charity and conducted in collaboration with Sacred Earth CBS, Sussex.
Closing date: Wednesday, 31st July 2019
Interviews: Mid-August 2019
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