The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC ) has awarded a Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) grant to a consortium led by Berry Gardens Growers Ltd and NIAB EMR. The Collaborative Training Partnership for Fruit Crop Research (www.ctp-fcr.org) focuses on industry-led research and development on important fruit crops in the UK. The studentship is funded for four years with a requirement to complete industry placement(s) of a minimum total of three months.
We are offering exciting fully-funded PhD opportunities on the following topics:
- Using climatic and microbiome data to predict apple fruit quality (Ref: CTP_FCR_2020_1)
- Managing living mulch (cover crops) to improve soil health (including nutrient cycling) and encourage natural enemies (Ref: CTP_FCR_2020_2)
- How does nutritional status affect plant immunity and disease? (Ref: CTP_FCR_2020_3)
- Characterising broad-acting resistance to bacterial canker of cherry and elucidating tissue-specific mechanisms of immunity (Ref: CTP_FCR_2020_4)
- Accurate control of a low-cost soft robotic arm for automated strawberry picking (Ref: CTP_FCR_2020_5)
- Investigating the physical, environmental and biological conditions impacting apple canker (Neonectria ditissima) pre-symptom development of nursery plants with latent infection (Ref: CTP_FCR_2020_6)
- Understanding the dynamics of ascospore production in late autumn to develop better apple scab management strategies (Ref: CTP_FCR_2020_7)
- Radio-tagging earwigs to understand the breakdown in successful woolly apple aphid, Eriosoma lanigerum (Hausmann) control (Ref: CTP_FCR_2020_8)
- Improving cane crop resilience by overcoming the legacy effects on photosynthesis during the recovery from short-term combined stresses (Ref: CTP_FCR_2020_9)
- Optimising photosynthetic performance, marketable yields and berry quality using blue light (Ref: CTP_FCR_2020_10)
- Engineering tolerance to Botrytis in soft fruit crops (Ref: CTP_FCR_2020_11)
- Precision agriculture: AI- and Expert-based approach to forecast fruit production in high intra-field variation settings (Ref: CTP_FCR_2020_12)
The most important eligibility criterion for this funded studentship is residency:
· UK students: If you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years you will normally be entitled to apply for a full studentship, covering tuition fees and a maintenance stipend.
· EU students: If you have been ordinarily resident in another EU country (outside the UK) for three years you will normally be able to apply for a tuition fees-only award (without a maintenance stipend). If you have lived in the UK for three years you may be eligible for a full studentship.
This eligibility is unaffected by Brexit. The UK Government has guaranteed EU eligibility for Research Council funding for PhDs beginning before the end of the 2020-21 academic year.