The action of a biologically active pest deterrent product, its activity and the impact on the nutrient components within the plant.

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Funded 12 month Masters by Research (MSc by Research): Ref No. CGE 61

Sustainable control of pests and disease is a key goal for future agricultural production. In this twelve month, Masters by Research project, you will determine the mode-of-action of a novel, environmentally-friendly product which deters herbivore feeding on crop plants.

The project will focus on the interaction between oilseed rape and one or more of its insect pests, as a model to examine changes in plant defence and insect behaviour, in response to product application. In parallel, you will perform dose response tests to optimise application rates, including via access to commercial field trials.

Applicants should have a degree in biology, ecology, biochemistry or related discipline.

Industry Partner

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University with supervision by Dr Mike Roberts, Prof. Ken Wilson, and Grazers Ltd.  Grazers is a family business based in Cumbria.  A manufacturer and supplier of a novel, plant nutrient product, applied to plants by farmers and growers to deter grazing from a range of animals and crop pests. The company was established in 2007, to develop the product range.

Application Details

13th August 2017
Start date:
September 2017

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will:

  • Receive £15,000 tax free per year
  • Have part of your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth £2,000/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.