Plant and Agricultural Sciences
Genetic model Arabidopsis thaliana
The global issues of Food Security and climate change unify research in this theme. We aim to use research to improve our understanding of what limits plant growth and reproduction with a view to increasing productivity without harming the environment. Current approaches to tackle this question range from molecular-based analysis of plant development and disease to ecological studies of agricultural ecosystems and marker-assisted plant breeding.
We have particular strengths in functional genomics, bioinformatics, plant developmental biology, plant pathology, parasite biology, cell signalling and systems biology. Our research is helped by the Lady Emily Smyth Agricultural Research Station endowment (now known as Bristol Centre for Agricultural Innovation), which can fund research of agricultural relevance.
Available Plant Science PhD's in Biological Sciences to commence in September 2019.
To make an application visit:
|Studentship Funder||Supervisor||Project description||Deadline to apply|
|Southwest Biosciences DTP||Dr Andy Bailey||The role of RIPP in plant pathogenic fungi||3rd December 2018|
|Southwest Biosciences DTP CASE||Dr Anthony Dodd||Helping vertical farming stack up||3rd December 2018|
|Southwest Biosciences DTP||Professor Keith Edwards||Understanding and modifying meiotic recombination in wheat||3rd December 2018|
|Southwest Biosciences DTP||Professor Gary Foster||Saving Cassava: A novel gene in a deadly virus||3rd December 2018|
|Southwest Biosciences DTP||Professor Kerry Franklin||Controlling plant growth in canopy shade||3rd December 2018|
|Southwest Biosciences DTP CASE||Dr Jill Harrison||Intercepting CLAVATA receptor-like kinase function to engineer ear size in wheat||3rd December 2018|
|Southwest Biosciences DTP||Dr Jill Harrison||Mechanisms for plant shape determination in Marchantia||3rd December 2018|
|Southwest Biosciences DTP||Professor Alistair Hetherington||The role of Cyclic nucleotides in stomatal responses to environmental signals||3rd December 2018|
|Southwest Biosciences DTP||Professor Daniel Roberts||The mechanisms and photonics of plant seeds as diagnostic features for germination and health||3rd December 2018|
|Southwest Biosciences DTP||Dr Imogen Sparkes||How do organelles communicate? Deciphering the relationship between reactive oxygen species and organelle dynamics||3rd December 2018|
|Southwest Biosciences DTP||Dr Heather Whitney||Enhancing crop yield with high and low tech nanomaterials||3rd December 2018|
|NERC GW4+ DTP||Dr Jon Bridle||Do plants always have to behave that way? Understanding the evolution of root behaviour and its effects on fitness in flowering plants on Mount Etna, Sicily||4pm, 7th January 2019|
|NERC GW4+ DTP||Professor Jane Memmott||Floral utopia for urban pollinators||4pm, 7th January 2019|