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Department of Plant Sciences

 

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/Head of Group in the first instance to discuss eligibility.

Key to funding opportunities below:

  • UF: University Funds
  • NERC: Cambridge NERC C-CLEAR DTP
  • BBSRC DTP: Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme
  • MRC: Medical Research Council
  • OTHER: Other sources of funding

Please note this page is updated regularly.

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

Choi Group: Harnessing the benefits of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in crops using grafting

BBSRC (& SBS DTP) / UF

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: Passive Rewilding the Woodlands in the Southern Alps of New Zealand

NERC / UF / OTHER

Coomes Group: Will Forests Be Effective Nature-based Solutions as the World’s Climate Changes?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Cunniffe Group: Modelling polygenic fungicide resistance management in an uncertain world

BBSRC (& SBS DTP) / UF / OTHER

Cunniffe Group: Optimising Landscape Scale Control of Plant Disease

BBSRC (& SBS DTP) / NERC / UF / OTHER

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

NERC / UF / OTHER

Davies Group: Extracellular ATP Signalling in Plants – Waving with Calcium

BBSRC DTP / UF

Derevnina Group: Defining and characterizing the effectorome of the most prevalent plant pathogen in the world: the root knot nematodes

UF

Derevnina Group: Mechanisms of suppression of NLR-mediated immunity by potato cyst nematodes

UF / OTHER

Eves-van den Akker Group: Effector Biogenesis: An unexplored, and yet critically important, part of plant-nematode interactions.

ERC

Glover Group: Iridescence in flowers – how and why?

NERC DTP / BBSRC DTP / UF / OTHER

Glover Group: Optimising pollination of vicia faba for enhanced crop yield and to support biodiversity

CTP-SAI

Glover Group: Spurring evolution: understanding the development and diversification of nectar spurs

NERC DTP / BBSRC DTP / UF / OTHER

Harris Group: Epigenome engineering: priming chromatin for pathogen resistance

UF / OTHER

Harris Group: Mechanisms of transcriptional activation downstream of DNA methylation

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

Hibberd Group: The evolution of C4 photosynthesis gene expression

Any

Hibberd Group: The role of Myb-related transcription factors in chloroplast development.

Any

Luginbuehl Group: Exploring the rules of trade in the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis

UF

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: Are Forests Leaking Carbon into Receiving Waters?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: Chemical Diversity in Dissolved Organic Matter - Does it Stay or Does it Go?

NERC / 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: Engineering the internal and external environment of leafy crops to enhance indoor growth and provide food for space exploration

DTP CASE

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

DTP

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

BBSRC DTP

Webb Group: The mechanisms of circadian gating of signalling

BBSRC DTP

Yelina Group: Manipulating Meiotic Recombination for Crop Breeding

OTHER