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PhD Projects

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Modelling the temporal and spatial ecology of the oilseed rape pest Meligethes aeneus; implications for integrated pest management strategies

Oilseed rape (OSR), the second most widely grown crop in the UK (>600k ha) is vulnerable to attack from the pollen beetle Meligethes aeneus that can reduce yields by 80%. … Continue reading

Supervisors:

Professor Julian Park, Dr Alice Mauchline, co-supervisors are Dr Sam Cook and Dr James Bell

Location/s:

University of Reading and Rothamsted Research

Post anthesis heat stress in wheat: is the reduction in grain size a consequence of premature maturation of the outer layers of the grain?

As caryopsis development proceeds, following fertilization, the endosperm undergoes a phase of very rapid expansion with continues, although at a slower rate, until it reaches its maximum size, at about … Continue reading

Supervisors:

Dr Paola Tosi, Dr Rowan Mitchell

Location/s:

The University of Reading & Rothamsted Research

Abstract:

Wheat is one of the most widely consumed foods in the world, both due to its high adaptability and to the unique processing properties of..

Harnessing multiple benefits from novel crop rotations: increased yield, pest regulation and biodiversity

Crop diversification at the rotational scale can stabilize production overheads and provide system functional redundancy against introgression of unpredicted pests, diseases or weeds (Lin, 2011), or through unexpected climate variability … Continue reading

Supervisors:

Professor Simon Potts / Dr Andy Wilby / Dr Hannah Jones

Location/s:

University of Reading / Lancaster University

Abstract:

There is an increasing need to enhance crop productivity without reducing environmental quality. One practice potentially able to..

The microbiology of lean and obese soil

The Highfield experiment (Fig.1) at Rothamsted provides an opportunity to study the impact of plants on microbial communities as it has three long-term contrasting regimes; permanent grassland, arable rotation and … Continue reading

Supervisors:

Prof. Penny Hirsch, Ian Clark, Dr. Liz Shaw, Prof. Martin Woodward

Location/s:

Rothamsted Research & The University of Reading

Abstract:

Recent advances in metagenomics and transcriptomics has given unprecedented access to previously unknown environmental microbial..

Impact of prolonged maternal milk exposure on gutmicrobiota, brain development and behaviour

This project is a continuation of a successful on-going collaboration between Surrey (Kitchen, Bailey; behavioural neuropharmacology) and Reading (Saddy, Swann; Gibson, Chakrabarti metabonomics, gut microbiology). Early life environmental influences, such … Continue reading

Supervisors:

Alexis Bailey / Ian Kitchen / Jonathan Swann

Location/s:

University of Surrey / University of Reading

Abstract:

Exposure to maternal milk beyond the normal age of weaning causes a depressive phenotype. Milk exposure has been found to significantly..