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PhD Studentship: Evaluating Impacts of Elevated CO2 and Temperature on Yield and Grain Quality in Cereals

University of Nottingham - Biosciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nottingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £18,622
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 24th November 2023
Closes: 16th January 2024
Reference: SCI238

Location: UK Other

Subject area: (BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership, Researcher Academy)

UoN Supervisor names: Dr. Guillermina Mendiondo

Future grains: Evaluating impacts of elevated CO2 and temperature on yield and grain quality in cereals

Rising atmospheric CO2 concentration and temperature are two main components of global climate change. Future food production might benefit from increasing levels of atmospheric CO2 if it can capitalize from the additional CO2. Since phenology, physiological responses, biomass accumulation, yield and grain quality are dependent on genetic factors, environmental variations and their interactions, identifying CO2-responsive traits would provide plant breeders with information to target traits to maximize the positive effects of elevated CO2, such as yield increases, and to minimize the negative impacts. This project focuses on exploring the genetic diversity in barley, rye and wheat in order to improve traits of interest in the context of a climate change. The main challenges or bottlenecks in the advanced breeding techniques currently used in cereals relate to concerns related to climate change, with breeding programs aiming to increase yield and good quality of grains to supply the industry. Targeting specific physiological pathways that increase grain quality would be highly desirable. It will be an amazing opportunity to do some very novel science in a multidisciplinary team (Crop-Environmental-Food/Drink Science) with the support of Diageo.  

Award start date: October 2024

Duration of award: 4 years

Terms and conditions

Home and international students are welcome to apply for this opportunity. Funding is available for four years from late September 2024. The award covers tuition fee (£4,712) at the home rate plus an annual stipend which was (£18,622) for 2023. This is set by the Research Councils. Please note that successful international candidates will be put forward for a University Fees Difference Scholarship to cover the difference between the home and international fee.

To apply and check your eligibility, please click go to www.nottingham.ac.uk/bbdtp/apply/how-to-apply.aspx and you can find further information about how to apply to our programme.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Guillermina.mendiondo@nottingham.ac.uk or bbdtp@nottingham.ac.uk

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