PhD Fellow in Crop Physiology [closing 28.02.2021] (BB-BA0A6)

Found in: Neuvoo DK


Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science (PLEN) at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Crop Physiology commencing 1 July 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The successful applicant will be based in theCrop Stress Physiologygroupat Section of Crop Sciences. We have a dynamic and international research and teaching environment working on basic and applied crop sciences related to the interaction between G(enotype), E(nvironment) and M(anagement) as the basis of crop growth and production. Our group focuses on the physiological and biochemical regulation of growth and functioning of crop plants subjected to major abiotic stresses. Our research aims at improving crop yield and quality and resource/energy use efficiencies in field and in greenhouse production systems by exploiting plant adaptation mechanisms to environmental perturbations for a future warmer, drier and CO2 enriched climate. We have state of the art gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence equipment and greenhouse facilities where plants can be grown at elevated CO2 concentration.

Project description
The PhD project is part of the international project “Dissecting climate robustness for sustainable wheat production (SUSWHEAT)” funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. In the context of climate change we know reasonably well how plants responds to single abiotic stresses but it is less clear how they cope with multiple concurrent stresses, which hinders targeted breeding for future climates. Drought and heat, two major co-occurring stresses caused by global climate change, induce opposing adaptive responses at the level of water use and carbon capture. Combining deep phenotyping with metabolic profiling to explore and exploit the existing variation in resilience, SUSWHEAT will reveal the underpinning physiological and metabolic mechanisms of yield stability. The PhD project will focus on how the energy, water and carbon balance of the photosynthetic machinery is affected by the combined stresses, where stomata are subjected to opposing regulatory signals, i.e. drought that triggers stomatal closure to prevent water loss and heat that triggers stomatal opening that enhances leaf cooling. The combination of gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence will be the core methods along with methods determining plant water relations characteristics.

Principal supervisor isAssociate Professor,Eva Rosenqvist , Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, , direct phone: +45 35 33 34 04.

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department
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