ARC PEB and GRDC Scholarship project 1: Respiratory energy use efficiency in wheat: whole-plant perspective

Description

Overview: The ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (PEB) at The Australian National University (ANU) is seeking PhD project applications from highly qualified and motivated students with a strong background in plant physiology and/or plant molecular biology, and a keen interest in working with stakeholders in the agricultural industry. Two PhD projects in Crop Physiology are available. The projects are embedded within a program that will provide mentorship and opportunities for the students to engage with a wide range of research organisations, as well as exposure to the Australian grains industry from the ground up. The projects are supported by the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), which will provide PhD stipends ($25k p.a.) and research funding for each project.

PhD Project 1: Respiratory energy use efficiency in wheat: whole-plant perspective
This project will support the research training of one postgraduate student (domestic or international) to undertake research with potential to increase efficiency of energy use by grain crops to future-proof food production. Our initial screening of 138 Australian commercial wheat cultivars has revealed a two-fold variation in rates of leaf respiration, and similar variation in the ratio of respiration to whole-plant growth rate during early development. These findings point to untapped genetic variation in respiratory energy use efficiency (EUE) amenable to fine-tuning, with concomitant positive knock-on effects on yield. Given this, an opportunity exists for a PhD student to explore the extent to which there is genotypic variation in whole-plant respiratory EUE in wheat, and to understand the mechanistic basis of such variation.

Eligibility: PhD Project 1 is available to a prospective or continuing ANU student who:

  • is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or an international student;
  • is enrolling in a program of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Australian National University in the Research School of Biology (RSB);
  • is undertaking research in plant energy biology; and
  • note: funding for international student candidates is contingent on an approved international fee waiver, submitted on behalf of the student after Project 1 application approval.
     

Selection: Selection is based on academic merit and the candidate's research proposal and potential.

Benefits: Both Projects 1 & 2 are supported by the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), which will provide PhD stipends ($25k p.a.) and research funding for each project.

How to apply
To apply, send your CV and cover letter to:
Professor Owen Atkin, owen.atkin@anu.edu.au, phone (02) 6125 5046

Further information
The scholarships may not be deferred and must be commenced in the year as indicated on the offered letter.

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