Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food

Delivering more productive, healthy, resilient and sustainable agriculture and food systems

*CASE: These are CASE DTP studentships. As part of the programme, you will be required to undertake a placement with the CASE partner for a minimum of 3 months.

*AP: These are Standard DTP studentships with an associate partner where you will be required to spend time with each of the partners. You will be asked to apply to one of the partners (as listed in the ‘Host Institution’ column), but this is just for administration purposes. You will then be registered for your postgraduate studies at one of the partner universities of the lead supervisors.  Your registered university will be confirmed by the DTP following the interview stage of the selection process.


Answering key questions around One Health antimicrobial resistance using a new livestock research data platform Dr Kristen Reyher University of Bristol One Health, antimicrobial resistance, data, epidemiology, computer science
Automated prediction of health and welfare in captive fish using behaviour from video *AP Dr Christos Ioannou / Prof Carlos Garcia de Leaniz University of Bristol (apply here) / Swansea University Stress, aquaculture, computer vision, machine learning, deep learning
Developing a novel approach to improve the welfare of dairy cows: inactivating mastitis-causing bacteria using non-invasive cold atmospheric plasma (CAP) *AP Prof John Tarlton / Dr Alexandros Stratakos University of Bristol (apply here) / University of the West of England; UWE Bovine mastitis, cold plasma, bacterial decontamination, animal welfare
Exploring the potential of fungal wheat-root colonisers and their chemical signals for the control of take-all disease Dr Javier Palma Guerrero Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) Take-all, crop protection, natural products, biocontrol, antifungal compounds
Factors controlling microbial nitrogen cycling and nitrogen pollution from farm to coast *AP Dr Laura Cardenas / Dr Karen Tait Rothamsted Research (North Wyke) (apply here) / Plymouth Marine Laboratory Nitrogen cycling, nitrous oxide, nitrate
Harnessing 3D cameras and deep learning for on-the-fly automated body condition and mobility analysis to improve cattle welfare *AP Prof Andrew Dowsey / Prof Melvyn Smith University of Bristol (apply here) / University of the West of England; UWE Food security, welfare, deep learning, sensing, artificial intelligence
How do novel membrane-bound antifungal drug targets control fungal diseases of crops? Prof Karen Edler University of Bath Structural biology, biochemistry, nanotechnology, single-molecule photonics, fungal disease
Identifying mechanisms for stem cell division plane orientation in plants Dr Jill Harrison University of Bristol Plant development, plant evo-devo, stem cells, CLAVATA/WUSCHEL, cell division plan
Investigating resistance to barley yellow dwarf virus in wheat *CASE Prof Kim Hammond-Kosack Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) Plant virology, entomology, plant science, genetics, molecular biology
Investigating the effect of whole genome duplication on cell size and cell division Prof Jim Murray Cardiff University Plant genetics, microscopy, transcriptomics, cell biology, genome biology
Irrigraze: Is it time to irrigate pastures in the UK? Dr Martin Blackwell Rothamsted Research (North Wyke) Climate change, livestock, plant and soil, life cycle assessment, spatial mapping
Long-term changes in the abundance and phenology of migrating insects as potential drivers of population change in insectivorous birds and bats Dr James Bell Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) Insect biomass, trophic mismatch, bioacoustics, farmland, sustainable agriculture
Metabolic engineering in mint plants: increasing essential oil yield through genetic manipulation of biosynthetic pathways Dr Simon Scofield Cardiff University Metabolic engineering, genetic modification, mentha, secondary metabolite biosynthesis, modular gene cloning
Novel epigenetic markers of embryo quality to improve fish domestication *AP Dr Tetsu Kudoh / Prof Sofia Consuegra University of Exeter (Streatham) (apply here) / Swansea University Fish farming, domestication, global warming, epigenetics, transcriptomics
Positive plastics: biodegradable plastic mulch films for enhanced crop production and environmental benefits Dr David Withall Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) Plastic, soil quality, food production, crop protection
Resilient food systems for one health: informing nutritionally balanced diets of the future Dr Andrew Mead Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) Data science, nutrition, diet, health, sustainability
Signalling the way forward: understanding plant adaptation to environmental change Dr Richard Haslam Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) Climate, adaption, signalling, transcription, lipids
Structure-based drug design against a biosecurity pathogen *CASE Prof Nicholas Harmer University of Exeter (Streatham) Structural biology, drug design, crystallography, enzymes, modelling
Sustainable apiculture: the impact of hive density on honeybee productivity and native biodiversity *CASE Prof Jane Memmott University of Bristol Pollinators, honey bee, sustainable agriculture, honey production, biodiversity
The epigenetic fate of introgressed DNA in the wheat genome Dr Hans-Wilhelm Nuetzmann University of Bath Introgression, wheat, epigenetics, bioinformatics, plant biology
The impact of early life programming on resistance to helminths in ruminant livestock Prof Mick Bailey University of Bristol Livestock, microbiome, parasitology, immunology, agriculture
The role of polyamine metabolism in development and stress responses in Arabidopsis thaliana Prof Hilary Rogers Cardiff University Polyamines, plant hormones, plant development, stress responses, arabidopsis
Understanding insecticide detoxification in key hoverfly pollinator guilds *CASE Dr Karl Wotton University of Exeter (Penryn) Pollinators, insecticides, agriculture, genomics
Understanding the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in livestock and risk of zoonotic transmission – a comparative study between the United Kingdom, Thailand and Argentina Prof Matthew Avison University of Bristol Veterinary science, farming, bacteriology, bioinformatics, epidemiology
Zymoseptoria tritici-wheat: the metabolic interface of a crop pathogen and its host plant Dr Helen Fones (Eyles) University of Exeter (Streatham) Zymoseptoria tritici, plant-pathogen interactions, genomics, nutrient uptake, metabolomics