About this project
The THYME project brings together the bioeconomy expertise of the Universities of Teesside, Hull and York, to find research solutions to decrease our reliance on non-renewable energy resources and drive innovation in the way we manage land assets. Our region has the potential to become world leading in securing food, water and energy whilst adapting to the challenges of climate change.
The Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull is offering funded PhD scholarships as part of the THYME project to work with academic research leaders across the University to focus on the following priority areas within the bioeconomy.
Nematode genomics and metagenomics to address agricultural threat
Crop pests and pathogens cause very significant losses to agriculture and are a continuing threat to an efficient agricultural bio-economy. Plant parasitic nematodes parasitize all human crops and are responsible for very large losses in agricultural productivity worldwide. There are two global challenges to agricultural management of plant parasitic nematodes. Firstly, our lack of understanding of the basic biology, genetics, and diversity of parasitic nematodes in both agricultural fields and close non-agricultural habitats. This can be addressed by the application of modern high throughput genomics and bioinformatics. The second challenge concerns the efficient translation of our modern techniques and knowledge to the benefit of the end user, usually the farmer, government agency, or agri-industry.
This project will build on our world class research, and publication record in the area of plant parasitic nematode genomics. It will investigate the nature of divergence of different plant parasitic nematode species, and how they may have adapted to exploit unique crops and environments. The project will take both a global view of pathogen divergence and diversity and focus this towards its relevance for the regional bioeconomy.
Please contact Dr Dave Lunt if you have questions.