PhD Scholarship in Plant Physiology at Lincoln University, New Zealand

PhD position in Plant-Entomopathogen-Insect Interactions at Bio-Protection Research Centre, New Zealand
Study Subject(s): Plant-Entomopathogen-Insect Interactions
Course Level:PhD
Scholarship Provider: Lincoln University
Scholarship can be taken at: New Zealand

This project will therefore assess whether endophytic colonization confers enhanced resistance against insects by inducing physiological plant responses. The project will screen for insect-resistant associations, determine the role of phytohormone-mediated signalling pathways and assess changes in plant primary and secondary metabolism. We are seeking a candidate with a keen interest in plant-insect interactions/fungal ecology and practical experience in chemical ecology, molecular biology or plant physiology.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Yes

Scholarship Description: Recent research has indicated that some entomopathogenic fungi are capable of endophytic (internal) colonisation of plants suggesting more complicated and multifaceted ecology than assumed for the last 150 years. Beauveria bassiana is the most common fungal agent in biopesticides used for insect control. It is also the most common species to be detected in plants as an endophyte. The usual mode of action of the fungi is direct penetration of insect cuticle and multiplication in host. However, sporulation of Beauveria from endophytic plants is not common.

How to Apply: By Email

Scholarship Application Deadline: 20 November 2011

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