|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||Funding covers tuition fees for UK and Irish students + a stipend (total value 24,000 EUROS/year)|
|Placed On:||12th May 2022|
|Closes:||8th July 2022|
Project title: The Impact of Peat Free Compost Alternatives on the Physical, Nutritional, and Sensory quality of Kale
Supervisors: Dr Luke Bell (University of Reading), Dr Lael Walsh (Teagasc), Dr Tijana Blanusa (University of Reading/Royal Horticultural Society), Dr Dilip Rai (Teagasc)
Project Overview: Peat is a finite resource that has been exploited by the horticulture industry, leading to damage of peatland habitats. Peat products are being phased out in the UK and Ireland and it is unknown what the impacts of this transition will be on crop quality.
The student will study impacts of peat withdrawal on kale; a leafy vegetable grown in peat before transplantation into field productions. The applicant will study diverse kales and the effects growing media has on physiology, biochemistry, and sensory quality. The aim of the research is to provide recommendations to growers on the optimal peat-free alternative for Brassica transplants. This will benefit the Brassica community and be a proof of concept for other crops that are reliant on peat in their production. This exciting project will allow the student to make significant research impacts and direct contributions towards horticultural sustainability in the UK and Ireland.
The research will be conducted at the University of Reading; a world-renowned institution ranked 12th Agriculture & Forestry Research Universities. The student will also study at TEAGASC – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority of Ireland – with experts in sustainable crop production and food analysis. There will be opportunities to interact with the UK’s largest gardening/horticultural charity, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The successful student will learn to use advanced techniques to establish biochemical responses to peat and peat-free media, and how this impacts quality.
How to apply:
To apply click at https://www.risisweb.reading.ac.uk/si/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=P_ADM&code2=0001 create your account and use the link sent by email to start the application process. During the application please select the PhD in Crop Science (SAPD).
Application Deadline: 8th July 2022
Please note that, where a candidate is successful in being awarded funding, this will be confirmed via a formal studentship award letter; this will be provided separately from any Offer of Admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria.
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