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Evolution and diversity

Work encompassed in this theme focuses on analysing the macro-evolutionary and micro-evolutionary processes which lead to patterns of species-level, sub-specific and genomic diversity.

Headline research projects for this theme:

Disorder in nanoscale ridges on petals has evolved repeatedly and helps attract pollinators. Leads: Beverly Glover and Edwige Moyroud.

Living collections in global botanic garden networks contribute to a global strategy in ex-situ plant conservation. Lead: Sam Brockington.

Species diversification: absolute seed size and the rate of change in seed size were both associated with diversification rates in over 13,000 angiosperm species. Lead: Andrew Tanentzap.

Associated research groups:

Contributing research groups from associated institutions:


Some projects will be specifically targeted towards defined UKRI Research Council DTP schemes, as well as being open for applicants applying to the University's Graduate Funding Competition 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:

  • BBSRC = BBSRC DTP, iCASE, Targeted,
  • GFC = Graduate Funding Competition,
  • NERC = Cambridge NERC C-CLEAR DTP,
  • OTHER = Other sources of funding

 

Title Description
Carr Group: Plant viruses: Effects on drought resilience GFC / OTHER
Carr Group: Plant Virology: Effects on plant-pollinator interactions GFC / OTHER
Carr Group: Plant Virology: Interactions between viral proteins that affect host resistance to insect vectors GFC / OTHER
Carr Group: Plant Virology: Role of RNA-dependent RNA polymerase in salicylic acid-induced viruses resistance GFC / OTHER
Coomes Group: Hyperspectral analysis of plant biodiversity and evolution NERC / GFC / OTHER
Glover Group: How to spot a daisy (evolution and development of petal spots) GFC / OTHER
Glover Group: Development of the light-focusing prism cells of California poppy GFC / OTHER