Biotech Services Ltd

1 Year Enterprise-led Funded Masters by Research: Ref. No. 79

Development of novel plant protection products derived from horticultural tomato production waste

Plants possess a variety of natural defence mechanisms to protect themselves against attack from diease and herbivory. Many of these defences are inducible, and are regulated by plant hormones and other stress-related signals. In this project, you will test the idea hat waste material from crop production may be a plentiful source of biological molecules able to induce insect and disease resistance responses.

Project objectives:

  1. Develop pilot-scale procedures to isolate organic compounds from a tomato waste processing pipeline.
  2. Test the recovered compounds for their biological activity in enhancing pest and disease resistance in tomato plants.

Applicants should have a degree in Biology, Ecology, or other relevant subjects.

Enterprise and collaborative partners

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University with supervision by Dr Mike Roberts, Dr Emmanouil Papaioannoi, and Steve Price of Biotech Services Limited. Biotech Services Ltd is an innovative company working with major corporations across the UK. They specialise in developing systems and processes to turn wast materials in to novel products.

Why apply?

  • Recieve £15,000 per year as a tax-free stipend.
  • Recieve a contribution of £2,000 towards your tuition fees from your business partner. Tuition fees for 2017-2018 are set at £4,195 for UK/EU applicants, and £17,510 for international applicants. Tuition fees for 2018-2019 are yet to be set (see the University website for published rates by year of entry). Candidates are required to pay the remaining fees up front at the beginning of the project.
  • Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D.
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

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

Application deadline: 7th of May 2018

Start Date: September 2018

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The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.