Name of scholarship/program
PhD Studentship in Manuka Tree Physiology
A PhD opportunity exists to examine the genetic x environmental interactions that govern the production of key constituents in Manuka nectar that are of value to the honey industries.
Eligibility and other criteria
The research will examine Manuka trees of differing genetic backgrounds in terms of their agronomic performance in different soil and environmental regimes. These environments are created by examining cultivars and genotypes established at various sites within the North Island of New Zealand. Key data pertaining to flowering time, load and nectar yield and quality will be obtained. Depending on the specific interests of the candidate, the research can be developed further in terms of examining different facets of the interaction incorporating genetics, whole plant physiology or tree husbandry and agronomy.
Applicants should have an Honours degree (either 1st Class or 2nd Class (1st division) in a plant science-related discipline and have broad interests in one or more of the areas of plantation tree husbandry and agronomy, genetics and/or ecophysiology.
A key component of the research is field work whereby overnight stays at various field locations is required. Thus some experience of working in the field and the ability to work independently is an advantage.
This research project has funding attached. Applications for this project are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full department and project details for further information.
* 31 January 2013
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