Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme
   
   
  

Getting to the roots of black-grass control: Crop-weed allelopathic interactions in Alopecurus myosuroides.

 

Project title

Getting to the roots of black-grass control: Crop-weed allelopathic interactions in Alopecurus myosuroides

Project description

Alopecurus myosuroides (black-grass) is a major threat to UK crop production. The evolution of resistance to herbicides in black-grass means there is an urgent need to develop novel control strategies. There is much interest in the potential for allelopathic interactions (the production of biologically active compounds by plants to inhibit growth of their competitors) to provide novel solutions for black-grass control. You will work with an interdisciplinary team to explore plant ecological and evolutionary interactions, chemical ecology and soil ecology. You will develop skills in plant, chemical and soil ecology underpinned by modern approaches in quanititative biology, analytical chemistry and soil metagenomics. You will develop fundamental scientifc knowledge about basic ecological interactions applying this knowledge to one of the most pressing issues in UK crop production. You will have the opportunity to work with one of the UK's leading farm management consulting companies to realise the potential of your findings in agronomic field trials.

School

Rothamsted Research

Supervisor/s

Contact: Dr Paul Neve. paul.neve@rothamsted.ac.uk

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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

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