|Location:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Placed On:||24th March 2023|
|Closes:||28th April 2023|
100% of Home tuition fees, and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £17,668 (for 2022-23, UKRI rate; under review for 2023-24).
Climate change is causing more extreme weather and higher occurrence of unfavourable growing conditions, with global temperatures projected to rise further and by almost 5oC by 2100. Plant growth, development and reproduction are sensitive to fluctuations in temperature; even small changes in temperature may lead to cellular and molecular responses that can adversely affect plant productivity and yield.
Developing seeds are particularly sensitive to heat stress (HS). Depending on the stage of seed development at which the stress is perceived, HS leads to altered pattern of seed growth, developmental defects, reduced seed size and loss of viability; in crops such effects result in large seed yield losses. These defects suggest major developmental perturbations and transcriptional changes in the seed. However, how HS is perceived and translated to a molecular response in the seed is largely unknown.
The aim of this project is to discover the molecular processes underpinning the responses to HS of developing seeds of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. We will adopt methodologies for tissue-specific transcriptomics, combined with molecular biology, biochemistry and bioimaging to identify and characterise tissue-specific cellular processes affected by HS in developing Arabidopsis seeds, leading to perturbed development and loss of seed viability.
Number of awards: 1
Start date: 18th September 2023
Award duration: 3 years
Sponsor: Newcastle University
Supervisors: Dr. Vasilios Andriotis, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in Plant Science, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or similar.
Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills.
The studentship covers fees at the Home rate (UK, and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status meeting the residency criteria).
International applicants are welcome to apply but will need to cover the difference between Home and International fees. They may also require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme).
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