Name of scholarship/program
Using chemical genetics as a tool to explore nitrogen regulatory pathways in wheat development
Eligibility and other criteria
A key aspect of the food security challenge is the need to improve the efficiency with which crops use nitrogenous fertilizers. Currently over 50% of the N fertilizer used globally by farmers is wasted, largely through leaching from the soil, with its resultant polluting effects on aquatic ecosystems. Nitrate, the main form of N available to roots, has a dual role as a nutrient and a signal molecule that regulates many important agronomic traits. It is hoped that a better mechanistic understanding of nitrateâs signalling role will lead to new approaches to improving crop N-use efficiency. In this PhD project, which will be carried out in partnership with Rothamsted Research, the candidate will apply a novel âchemical geneticsâ approach to dissect the pathways that regulate shoot and root development in response to soil nitrate. The project will train the candidate in a valuable combination of techniques in plant biology and molecular genetics, as well as a range of innovative chemical genetics techniques, including high-throughput screening and the downstream validation of novel bioactive molecules.
Please upload a CV and a covering letter outlining your background and suitability for this project at LEC Postgraduate Research Applications, http://www.findaphd.com/common/clickCount.aspx?theid=43708&type=75&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.lec.lancs.ac.uk%2fpostgraduate%2fpgresearch%2fapply-online%3fphd_id%3d139""
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You also require 2 references, please send the reference form (download from http://www.findaphd.com/common/clickCount.aspx?theid=43708&type=75&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.lec.lancs.ac.uk%2fdocs%2fPG_Reference_Form.docx""
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) to your 2 referees and ask them to email it to Andy Harrod (http://www.FindAPhD.com/search/EmailEnquiry.aspx?fapjid=43708&LID=722&EAemail@example.com"">firstname.lastname@example.org
), Postgraduate Research (PGR) Co-ordinator, Lancaster Environment Centre by the deadline.
Due to the limited time between the closing date and the interview date, it is essential that you ensure references are submitted by the closing date or as soon as possible.
Please do not apply via the Lancaster University online application system.
For further information please read http://www.findaphd.com/common/clickCount.aspx?theid=43708&type=75&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.lec.lancs.ac.uk%2fdocs%2fLECPG%2fPhD_Advert_BBSRC_2013_Forde.pdf""
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This research project has funding attached. Funding for this project is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full department and project details for further information.
*17 May 2013
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