3 Year Industry-led Funded PhD: Ref. No. CGE 6

Novel approaches for mitigating the environmental impacts of Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed is one of the world's 100 worst invasive species causing crop losses, damage to infrastructure, and erosion of ecosystem services. Current control methods are expensive and offer limited success. This project will adopt a multidisciplinary, ‘chemical biology’ approach to develop new biochemical solutions for the control of Japanese knotweed. Laboratory-based studies will identify bioactive compounds that interfere directly with the normal growth or metabolism of actively growing knotweed. The efficacy and mode of action of compounds identified will be examined in planta in controlled environment and glasshouse studies.

Applicants should hold a minimum of a first-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in a plant biology, biochemistry or closely associated subject.

Industry Partner

The doctoral research project will be based at Lancaster University and will be jointly supervised by Phlorum Limited. Phlorum is an environmental consultancy providing services with expertise in evaluating and mitigating Japanese knotweed property risks, including guiding the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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.

Application Deadline

This project has been recruited.

How to apply

This project has been recruited.

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.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation manages the Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Hub (LoCaL-i), part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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.