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Plant pathology and epidemiology

This theme encompasses investigation of the interactions of plants with microbial pathogens and invertebrate pests at scales ranging from the molecular to landscape level using experimental and mathematical modelling approaches.

Headline research projects for this theme:

Manipulation of host plant metabolism and aphid behaviour by viruses to maximise infection and distribution. Lead: John Carr

Using citrus canker in Florida as a case study, eradication of plant disease can be optimised by risk-based control methods, and simplified for stakeholder uptake. Lead: Nik Cunniffe.

A trade-off between the fitness costs and benefits of disease resistance can be manipulated so that plants are partially resistant to a broad range of pathogens. Lead: David Baulcombe.

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

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