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Department of Plant Sciences

 

Below is a list of available projects in the Department of Plant Sciences and the Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU). Click here for projects at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB).

The projects are organised into Departmental Research Group, title and available funding opportunities.

Some projects will be specifically targeted towards defined UKRI Research Council DTP schemes, as well as being open for applicants applying for University Funds or other sources of funding.

Potential applicants should always approach the potential Supervisor/Group Leader in the first instance to discuss eligibility.

Key to funding opportunities below:

  • UF = University Funds
  • NERC = Cambridge NERC C-CLEAR DTP
  • MRC = Medical Research Council
  • OTHER = Other sources of funding

Please note that this list will be updated regularly.

 

Subject: 
Title Description
Brockington Group: Defining the evolutionary mechanisms underlying a novel eukaryotic gene cluster

NERC / UF / OTHER

Brockington Group: Understanding the rules of convergent evolution

NERC / UF / OTHER

Brockington Group: Why do plants accumulate animal-type neurotransmitters?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Coomes Group: *Priority CASE Project* Restoring Scotland’s Native Woodlands: understanding benefits and constraints using the Cairngorms Connect landscape restoration project

NERC / UF / OTHER

Coomes Group: A hard nut to crack: the evolution, ecology and conservation of tropical oaks

NERC / UF / OTHER

Coomes Group: Will forests be effective nature-based solutions as the world’s climate changes?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Cunniffe Group: Scaling control of disease at local scales to strategies for regional control

MRC / UF / OTHER

Cunniffe Group: Tainted Love? Modelling the epidemiology, ecology and evolutionary consequences of pollinator-transmitted plant disease

NERC / UF / OTHER

Eves-van den Akker Group: Losing diapause: is the loss of diapause and rapid population build-up of Potato Cyst Nematodes in Africa prophetic for a warmer UK?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Eves-van den Akker Group: The contribution of horizontal gene transfer to the evolution of plant-parasitism by nematodes

UF / OTHER

Eves-van den Akker Group: The plant immunity - and development-altering ‘effector toolbox’ of parasitic nematodes

UF / OTHER

Glover Group: Development of the light-focusing prism cells of California poppy

UF / OTHER

Glover Group: Iridescence in flowers – how and why?

UF / OTHER

Harris Group: Epigenome engineering: priming chromatin for pathogen resistance

UF / OTHER

Harris Group: Readers of the ‘histone code’: the missing link in triggering gene activity

UF / OTHER

Henderson Group: Mapping and remodeling the recombination landscape in Chlamydomonas

UF / OTHER

Henderson Group: Understanding interactions between genetic diversity and recombination in plant genomes

UF / OTHER

Henderson Group: Unlocking recombination in plant genomes via epigenetic modification

UF / OTHER

Pellegrini Group: Ecosystem and biogeochemical reassembly after fire on peatlands

NERC / UF / OTHER

Pellegrini Group: Nutrient limitation of tropical savanna-forest biomes

NERC / UF / OTHER

Pellegrini Group: The resilience of plant biodiversity to changing fire regimes

NERC / UF / OTHER

Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Locke Group: Mechanisms underlying inter-individual variability in Arabidopsis thaliana

UF / OTHER

Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Robinson Group: Mechanical and hormonal regulation of plant development

UF / OTHER

Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Schornack Group: Contrasting functionality of a glycerol phosphate acyl transferase in roots and shoots (Rotation project)

UF / OTHER

Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Schornack Group: Transcription factor coordination of liverwort responses to oomycete infections

UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: *Priority CASE Project* Sensing natural climate solutions: is forest management leaking carbon into receiving waters?

NEC / UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: Exploring the role of fungi in mediating crop-weed interactions

NERC / UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: Invisible world: the biogeography of molecular and microbial diversity in European lakes

NERC / UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: Thawing Arctic: productivity and sources of carbon cycling in small lakes

NERC / UF / OTHER

Webb Group: Dynamic plasticity of the circadian clock

UF / OTHER

Webb Group: Entrainment of the Circadian Oscillator by Sugars by bZIP transcription Factors

UF / OTHER

Webb Group: Mathematical Modelling of the Regulation of Circadian Period

UF / OTHER

Webb Group: Mechanism controlling the propagation of Ca2+ signals in plants

UF / OTHER

Webb Group: The circadian clock as a regulator of yield traits in wheat

UF / OTHER

Webb Group: The role of TOR kinase in regulating the circadian oscillator and metabolism

UF / OTHER