Environmental Crop Management Ltd

3 Year Enterprise-led Funded PhD: Ref. No. 63

The use of amino acids to improve crop yields by reducing abiotic stress and improved nitrogen utilisation

One of the major challenges facing farmers worldwide is to minimise the gap between the yields they achieve on farm and the genetic yield potential of their crops. New amino acid-based crop improvement products have proven extremely successful in closing this gap in a variety of different crops by protecting yields from environmental stress. The primary aim of this research project is to develop a better understanding the mode-of-action of these amino acid-based products at the level of plant physiology and biochemistry, and thereby enable the rational design of improved products.

Applicants should have a first or upper second degree in biology, biochemistry or related subjects.

Enterprise and collaborative partners

This Masters by research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University with supervision by Dr Mike Roberts and Environmental Crop Management Ltd.  Environmental Crop Management is a multi-award winning, independent company supplying crop protection solutions to farmers in the North West of England. Established in 1991, the business has a team of Agronomists that examine a wide variety of crops for weed, pest or nutritional disorders. ECM is the UK’s leading practitioner of Integrated Crop Management, a farming system that minimises any environmental damage whilst providing safe food. The sustainable approach has been adopted by over 1200 farmer customers in the past 25 years.


Why apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will:
• Receive £15,000 tax free per year
• Have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth c£4,195/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,510/year to £13,315/year.) See university website for published rates by year of entry)
• 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.

The post is subject to confirmation of funding.

Application deadline

Currently Shortlisting

How to apply

Currently Shortlisting - Please do not apply until further notice

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.