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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
  • MRC: Medical Research Council
  • OTHER: Other sources of funding

Please note this page is updated reguarly. 

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: 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

UF

Davies Group: Getting to the Root of the Problem – Plant Adaptation to Salinity Stress

NERC/UF

Davies Group: Nutrient Signalling in Diatoms

UF / OTHER

Davies Group: Poppydopsis: A New Tool for Understanding Plant Cell Death

UF

Eves-van den Akker Group: Disrupting the “Master Regulators” of Cyst Nematode Parasitism

OTHER

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

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?

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

NERC / UF / OTHER

Glover Group: Iridescence in flowers – how and why?

NERC / 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

Hibberd Group: The evolution of C4 photosynthesis gene expression

Any

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

Any

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