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Can we combat the negative effect of temperature in hydroponic systems through the use of biostimulants?

Get paid to do a PhD with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University. 

Funded PhD linked with Evoponic Ltd Ref. No. LU-015
  • Get paid £1,455 per month tax-free till June 2023. 

  • Your UK/EU tuition fees are paid (international candidates will need to pay remaining fees).  

  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led research. The Centre was declared “The outstanding knowledge exchange and commercialisation initiative in the UK”. 

  • This project is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your PhD from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020. You will also work alongside colleagues at partner institutions across the North West. 

  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.  

Growth in hydroponic food factories is still limited due to the high energy costs associated with year-round temperature control to optimise yields.  Temperature is critical for yield and nutritional quality, making it necessary to invest in cooling/warming systems to optimize food production. This project aims to determine whether the innovative use of biostimulants and optimal LED light environments in hydroponic settings can contribute to the development of more low carbon sustainable production systems by enhancing the thermotolerance of a trial food crop (tomatoes) and reducing the energy use of conventional vertical hydroponic systems. 

This PhD will be supervised by Dr Gabriella Toledo-Ortiz who is an experienced Plant Molecular Photobiologist in the Lancaster Environment Centre. 

Evoponic Ltd develop, manufacture and market plant additives (biostimulant and micronutrient formulations) specifically for the hydroponics sector, drawing upon cutting-edge global science and dedicated UK R&D to design and tailor unique formulations to boost plant performance and resilience.One of the government’s Agri-Tech Centres, CHAP Ltd, are also providing access to their state-of-the-art Natural Light Growing Centre as part of this project. 

This PhD project requires the applicant to have a 2:1 or first degree in biology, molecular biology or biochemistry. They will have a capability or a strong interest in plant physiology and metabolism, environmental sensing, photobiology, data handling and analysis, as well as experience working in a laboratory. 

Apply Here 

Deadline: EXTENDED to Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Start: October 2020 

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. 

Download Application Documents Here