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 approximately a total of 50% of your time with each of the partners. You will be registered at one of the partner universities of the lead supervisors.

Project title Main / Rothamsted supervisor Host institution Keywords
A genomic approach to understand insecticide toxicokinetics in a global crop pest *CASE Prof Chris Bass University of Exeter (Penryn) Crop pest, insect, aphid, insecticide
Agronomic efficiency and additional benefits of sustainable phosphate fertilizers *CASE Dr Martin Blackwell Rothamsted Research (North Wyke) Sustainable fertiliser, phosphorus, micronutrients, agronomic efficiency
Answering key questions around One Health antimicrobial resistance using a new livestock research data platform Dr Kristen K. Reyher University of Bristol One Health, antimicrobial resistance, data, epidemiology, computer science
Characterising the effect of root secretions in vertical farming systems *CASE Dr Claire Grierson University of Bristol Root exudates, aeroponics, vertical farming, root hairs, plant growth
CRISPR for ultra-low acrylamide wheat *CASE Prof Nigel Halford Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) Crop genetic improvement, Genome editing, CRISPR, Food safety, Plant breeding
CRISPR-Cas9 gene drives to eradicate antimicrobial resistance from bacterial communities Dr Stineke van Houte University of Exeter (Penryn) Antibiotic resistance, AMR, CRISPR-Cas9, bacteria, microbial communities
Deriving social networks in cattle and their relation to health and sustainability Prof Andrew Dowsey University of Bristol Food security, Sustainability, Animal Health, Social Networks, Artificial Intelligence
Developing a unified computational framework to evaluate biological, environmental and veterinary performances of livestock farms *CASE Dr Taro Takahashi University of Bristol Veterinary science, agricultural science, sustainability assessment, life cycle assessment, antimicrobial resistance
Development of low cost, small scale, energy efficient biofilm systems for the treatment of agricultural wastes and remediation of aquatic systems *CASE Prof Darren Reynolds University of the West of England; UWE (apply to University of Bristol) Rivers, bioremediation, agriculture, biofilms, nutrients
Enhancing the stress tolerance and shelf life of horticultural crops through light quality manipulation *CASE Dr Kerry Franklin University of Bristol Plant Science, light signalling, UV-B, stress, crop
Exploring communication mechanisms between fungal pathogens and plant cells Prof Kim E Hammond-Kosack Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) Bioimaging, Fusarium, Zymoseptoria, wheat, arabidopsis, rice, virus induced gene silencing (VIGS)
Fusarium disease of wheat – exploring tissue specific host-pathogen interactions using a systems biology approach Dr Martin Urban Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) Computational network analysis, bioimaging, single cell transcriptomics, Fusarium, wheat, gene deletion, virus induced gene silencing (VIGS)
Identifying mechanisms for cell division plane orientation in plants Dr Jill Harrison University of Bristol Plant development, CLAVATA, cell division plane, Physcomitrella
Intercepting CLAVATA receptor-like kinase function to engineer ear size in wheat *CASE Dr Jill Harrison University of Bristol Plant development, wheat, CLAVATA, receptor kinase
Investigating the interplay of 3D chromosome structure and non-coding RNAs in plant defence Dr Hans-Wilhelm Nuetzmann University of Bath Non-coding RNA, Epigenetics, Bioinformatics, Plant Science, Biophysics
Livestock grazing behaviour and impact on soil nutrients Dr Laura Cardenas Rothamsted Research (North Wyke) Cattle, grazing behaviour, spatial heterogeneity
Long-term changes in the abundance and phenology of nocturnal insects as potential drivers of population change in bats in agricultural landscapes Dr James Bell Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) Insect Biomass, Trophic Mismatch, Bioacoustics, Farmland, Sustainable Agriculture
Mass spectroscopy imaging of plant – fungi interactions: Understanding symbiosis for sustainable crop production *AP Dr Peter Eastmond / Prof William Griffiths Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) (apply here) / Swansea University Biochemistry, mass spectrometry imaging, lipidomics, symbiosis, sustainable agriculture
Meaningful microbiomes: Investigation of host-microbiome interactions in liver fluke infections Prof Mick Bailey University of Bristol Microbiome, Immunity, Parasitology, Ruminant, Bioinformatics
Metabolic engineering in mint plants: increasing essential oil yields through genetic manipulation of biosynthetic pathways Dr Simon Scofield Cardiff University Metabolic engineering, genetic modification, Mentha, secondary metabolite biosynthesis, modular gene cloning
Nitrogen use efficiency in N2 fixing systems Prof Richard Evershed University of Bristol Legumes, NUE, atmospheric nitrogen, BNF
Positive plastics: biodegradable plastic mulch films for enhanced crop production and environmental benefits Dr David Withall Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) Plastic mulch film, soil quality, biodegradable, crop production, crop protection
Re-engineering Golgi dynamics in plants Dr Imogen Sparkes University of Bristol Cell biology, myosin, microscopy, plants, biochemistry
Running to stand still; the ongoing evolution of a major agricultural weed Dr Paul Neve Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) Plant ecology, evolutionary genetics, quantitative genetics, adaptation, weed biology
Salad contamination with Listeria – improving food safety through understanding plant-bacterial interactions and development of novel detection methods Dr Carsten Muller Cardiff University Listeria, food borne pathogen, rocket salad, volatile organic compounds, plant-bacterial interactions
Soil microbiome transplantation Prof Angus Buckling University of Exeter (Penryn) Soil health, microbiome, mathematics, evolution, omics
Structure-function studies of Coxiella burnetii O-antigen biosynthesis *CASE Prof Nicholas Harmer University of Exeter (Streatham) Structural biology, crystallisation, synthetic biology, Coxiella burnetii, enzymes
The role of Rho GTPases in plant immunity Dr Michael Deeks University of Exeter (Streatham) Cell signalling , cell polarity, plant immunity, cytoskeleton, mathematical modelling