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Microbiology & biotic interactions

Headline research projects for this theme:

The smoke receptor in plants conditions recognition of symbiotic fungi. Lead: Uta Paszkowski

Identification of a parasitism-gene unifier, the 'DOG box', is a cis-regulatory non-coding promoter motif and implies the existence of a unifying master-spatial-regulator of plant-parasitism. Lead: Sebastian Eves van den Akker

Intracellular accommodation of filamentous microbes is an ancient plant trait that is successfully exploited by pathogens. Lead: Sebastian Schornack

Vitamins, particularly B12 (cobalamin) limit algal productivity, but cyanobacteria are unlikely to be the source of B12 for algae because they synthesise pseudocobalamin, which supports algal growth poorly. Lead: Alison Smith.

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 Postgraduate 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:

  • GFC = Postgraduate Funding Competition,
  • NERC = Cambridge NERC C-CLEAR DTP,
  • OTHER = Other sources of funding

 

Title Description
Cunniffe Group: Tainted Love? Modelling the epidemiology, ecology and evolutionary consequences of pollinator-transmitted plant disease NERC / UF / OTHER
Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Schornack Group: Transcription factor coordination of liverwort responses to oomycete infections UF / OTHER
Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Schornack Group: Contrasting functionality of a glycerol phosphate acyl transferase in roots and shoots (Rotation project) 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 plant immunity - and development-altering ‘effector toolbox’ of parasitic nematodes UF / OTHER
Eves-van den Akker Group: The contribution of horizontal gene transfer to the evolution of plant-parasitism by nematodes UF / OTHER
Tanentzap Group: Thawing Arctic: productivity and sources of carbon cycling in small lakes NERC / UF / OTHER
Tanentzap Group: Invisible world: the biogeography of molecular and microbial diversity in European lakes NERC / UF / OTHER
Tanentzap Group: Exploring the role of fungi in mediating crop-weed interactions NERC / UF / OTHER
Tanentzap Group: *Priority CASE Project* Sensing natural climate solutions: is forest management leaking carbon into receiving waters? NEC / UF / OTHER

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